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Sunset over the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of aidorian.

Facing reality in the South China Sea

18 February 2016

The news that China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island, part of the disputed Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, will surprise many observers.Read the full article.

Australia and the United States.

Can we really be sure the US will underwrite Australia's security?

16 February 2016

As the Turnbull government reviews its defence policy, Americans are becoming increasingly reluctant to take on all the world's problems. Read the full article..

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Embassy the Hague.

US–China rivalry: does Asia have to choose?

9 February 2016

Can America preserve the US-led regional order by resisting China’s challenge to replace it with ‘a new model of great-power relations’? That depends a lot on how much support the United States can...

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The Canberra Pasifika film festival 19-20 February 2016

5 February 2016

ANU Pasifika Australia is hosting the Canberra Pasifika Film Festival. The festival will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February 2016 in the Hedley Bull Centre, ANU. The festival is to open...

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ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre tops think tank list

29 January 2016

The ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) has again been ranked as Australia's leading university-based think tank, as well as Top 3 Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks in Australia, and...

City in Asia.

Tackling the region’s policy challenges

27 January 2016

New issue of Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies confronts key policy concernsFrom simmering tensions in the South China Sea, to fledging democracy in Myanmar, and developing relationships between...

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Economic imperatives warm Thai–Cambodian ties

26 January 2016

The December 2015 meeting between Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen has boosted bilateral relations. Relations got off to a rocky start after the Thai coup...

Aerial shot of South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of stratman2.

Five ways Australian politicians could do some good on the South China Sea

22 January 2016

Shadow Defence Minister Senator Conroy should be applauded for entering the debate on Australia's South China Sea policy. His instincts that Australia should do more to support a rules-based global...

Malcolm Turnbull speaking in Washington D.C. Image courtesy of CSIS.

Turnbull in Washington: A Missed Opportunity

19 January 2016

The trickiest part of Malcolm Turnbull’s speech in Washington was always going to be the passage about China. This was the issue on which, to judge by what he said before becoming Prime Minister, Mr...; Terrorist attack in Jakarta

Jakarta attacks in terroristic terms was not a particular successful operation: expert

15 January 2016

The methodology is somewhat different from previous terrorist attacks, it was also somewhat amateurish it appears to me because even many people would have seen the footage of the bomb being...


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