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Risk and imagination in the Trump era

17 February 2017

The most important quality in statecraft is imagination. The capacity to imagine consequences of actions, as well as inaction, and devise a path through what are often a range of unappetising...

Trump Pushes Australia Toward China

9 February 2017

The phone call last week between Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in which the president denounced a refugee deal made between the United States and Australia under President Obama,...

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Trump and strategic change in Asia

23 January 2017

As Donald Trump’s administration comes to power in Washington, the postwar security policy of the US is undergoing a monumental transition. The new president’s campaign rhetoric strongly intimated...

Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has compared Beijing's actions in the South China Sea to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

With Donald Trump in the White House, what now for the Asia-Pacific?

23 January 2017

Will Trump slap tariffs on Chinese imports, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies? Will he forge a new great power alignment with Moscow, leaving Beijing out in the...

Afraid new world

11 November 2016

When he did mention Asia, it was to threaten tariffs on Chinese imports, and less military support to Japan and South Korea. Southeast Asia was not mentioned. Therefore whatever we can say about the...

The bully or the deal maker- which Donald Trump will Australia get?

11 November 2016

Leading strategist Professor Hugh White, a former deputy head of the Defence department, says he is unsurprised the government and many commentators have eagerly seized on Trump’s words since...

Australia and Indonesia consider joint patrols in South China Sea

1 November 2016

“The Chinese are playing a pretty smart game of carrot and stick in the region,” said Hugh White, professor of strategic studies at Australian National University. “Reports that Beijing is allowing...

Philippines’ China swing muddies the Western Pacific

25 October 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s shift towards Beijing has allowed China to appear as a magnanimous power in the region while potentially making it harder for the US to stop nuclear-armed...

Duterte's China visit: President aims to strike balance between investment and settling territorial dispute

18 October 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte’s state tour to China, his first outside of Southeast Asia, is a stern test for the leader’s strongman image as he attempts to navigate a hot-button territorial...

Does China get what it wants in East Asia?

17 October 2016

East Asia’s regional order is in the throes of a remarkable transition, but the nature and potential results of this transition are deeply contested. By mobilising developing countries, a...

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