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Australia's new Pacific Czar

30 January 2019

BY JAMES BATLEY This article originally appeared in The Interpreter for the Lowy Institute. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has now established an Office of the Pacific, a measure...

Competing Pacific narratives

20 January 2019

BY JOANNE WALLIS This article was originally published by East Asia Forum. Two narratives dominated geopolitical discussions of the Pacific islands in 2018 — that of the Blue Pacific and the Indo-...

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Afghanistan: the Hazaras are not safe

27 November 2018

In late October 2018, the Taliban in Afghanistan launched a new campaign of attacks, taking them into areas which until then had been “peaceful”. The attacks started in the Khas Uruzgan district,...

Abe's Visit to Australia

27 November 2018

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is scheduled to visit Australia this week on the heels of attending the ASEAN Summit. While there have been regular prime ministerial exchanges between Tokyo and...

Is the time right for Australia and Japan to become formal allies?

21 September 2018

BY LUKE COURTOIS Should Australia and Japan sign a defence treaty to challenge China’s military rise? Luke Courtois argues that such a move would send a very poor signal to China, destabilising an...

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Debating South Korea’s mandatory military service

10 September 2018

BY JEFFREY ROBERTSON An exemption from military service for a football star has brought global attention to a simmering social issue. By now, most people in South Korea know the national team’s...

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne … hamstrung at the PIF summit in Nauru this week by Australia’s hypocritical policies. Image: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

6 September 2018

BY DR JOANNE WALLIS Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne probably envied New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s welcome at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’...

Getting realistic about the South Pacific

22 August 2018

BY JAMES BATLEY Advocates of stronger and more effective Australian engagement in the South Pacific face a couple of entrenched structural challenges. First, the region is hardly critical to...

Image courtesy of US Pacific Fleet on Flickr.

New security reality demands new Australian policy

23 July 2018

BY EMERITUS PROFESSOR PAUL DIBB Australia’s international security outlook is starting to look very threatening. The White House is undermining the international order, has started a trade war with...

Trilateral cooperation between Australia, India and Indonesia is needed to manage enduring maritime challenges in the Indian Ocean.

Time for an Indo-Australis?

3 July 2018

BY NATALIE SAMBHI Over the past year, there’s been a flurry of regional leaders offering their vision of the Indo-Pacific, the geostrategic concept spanning two oceans that is slowly replacing the...

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