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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’...

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Government sincerity on migrant rights faces fishing pact test

3 September 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNIPIPAT It has been one year since Thailand’s last debacle on migrant worker policy. Yet, Thailand finds itself once again at the crossroads where domestic constituents are...

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Myanmar Faces Crossroads as Military Tightens Hold on Civilian Government

30 August 2018

BY HUNTER MARSTON A spokesperson from Myanmar’s presidential office rejected a UN fact-finding report issued on Monday, which found evidence for the military’s involvement in genocide and...

A hesitant tiger awakens

24 August 2018

BY DR DAVID BREWSTER India’s foreign policy elites are grappling with a wide array of strategic challenges as the power of the country rises, writes Dr David Brewster, PhD ’10. As India rises as a...

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...

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Taiwan's Engagement with Southeast Asia is Making Progress under the New Southbound Policy

30 July 2018

BY HUNTER MARSTON & RICHARD C. BUSH While Taiwan analysts have been eager to offer analyses of President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Southbound Policy (NSP), announced in May 2016, the data has been...

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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