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Australia’s one step forward, two steps back in the Pacific

21 June 2019

BY JOANNE WALLIS In 2016, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed Australia’s commitment to a ‘step-change’ in its engagement with the Pacific Islands. The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper...

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Security in 'Society 5.0'

5 June 2019

BY CHRISTOPHER HOBSON and TOBIAS BURGERS As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s time in power has continued, the policy initiatives for addressing Japan’s major structural challenges have proliferated. Most...

25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in August 2018. Singapore (Photo: US Department of State/Flickr)

ASEAN Regional Forum: less might be more

29 March 2019

BY ANTHONY MILNER & RON HUISKEN The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – with its unwieldy number of member states (27) and preoccupation with dialogue (a “talk shop”) – has been declared a failure time...

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What the Huawei espionage controversy means to the Philippines

25 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alumnus. From the contested South China Sea to the bustling streets of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, Chinese influence in the Philippines has now become very evident. Not only...

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque after the terror attack in Christchurch. CREDIT:AP

After the tragedy, attention turns to how it happened

20 March 2019

BY CLIVE WILLIAMS Four phases follow events like the tragedy in Christchurch – shock and disbelief, grieving, a search for answers, and new countermeasures. The shocked New Zealand reaction to the...

Canberra’s growing silence on US leadership in Asia

19 February 2019

BY HUGH WHITE Sometimes what is left out of a major policy speech is as important as what is said. This was certainly true late January when Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne spoke about...

Kashmir attack a deadly blow to India-Pakistan ties

18 February 2019

BY CLAUDE RAKISITS Last week’s terrorist attack about 20 kilometres from Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, was the deadliest attack since 1989, when a militant...

When Australian nuclear weapons could make sense

1 February 2019

BY STEPHAN FRUEHLING This article was originally published by The Strategist. What a way to start a year! The debate initiated by three former Australian deputy secretaries of defence—Hugh White,...

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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...

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Trust in short supply when there are no shared values

23 January 2019

BY PAUL DIBB This article originally appeared in The Australian on 23 Jan 2019. In the Australian debate about the priority to be given to the economic relationship with China versus the national...

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