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Peter Dutton (right) is set to assume responsibility for the newly created home affairs portfolio. AAP/Mick Tsikas

New home affairs department seems to be more about politics than reform

20 July 2017

It is difficult not to give in to cynical impulses over Tuesday’s announcement that the government will create a department of home affairs. Described as a “federation of border and security...

Missile defence for Australia? Expensive and probably not wise

12 July 2017

Following the most recent tests by North Korea of a missile that might be able to hit Alaska, the prospect of a direct threat to Australia from the Kim regime is exciting the Australian defence...

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Time for a shield wall?

12 July 2017

North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week has many concerned that the crisis on the Korean Peninsula is entering a new and dangerous phase. The Australian media has...

Unsurprisingly, the Jason Bourne films won’t tell you much about ASIO. Bourne Supremacy screenshot/Universal

How popular culture gets Australian spy work wrong

21 June 2017

The cloak-and-dagger exploits of characters like James Bond and Jason Bourne have shaped our cultural idea of spy work. But these films, made mostly in the US and UK, have little to do with the...

 Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army. Concerns have been raised about collaboration between Australian research institutes and Chinese defence interests. Photograph: Reuters

CSIRO cooperation with Chinese defence contractor should raise questions

7 June 2017

In April 2017 a joint centre for advanced science and technology research was launched at the University of Technology, Sydney. The partner and funder is the China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC...

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Shangri-La Dialogue should address Asia's new strategic order

1 June 2017

Each year, the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore provides a platform for Washington to affirm America’s strategic commitment to Asia, promote its policies to strengthen United States regional...

Position Available: APCD Director of Studies

22 May 2017

Director of Studies (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer), Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University. Fixed-term for 3 years Position Description An exciting opportunity has opened...

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China's brazen diplomatic stunt

4 May 2017

Shouting down a host country’s Indigenous welcome to country ceremony is diplomacy gone mad. While this may not be the most detailed analytical description of what transpired in Perth on 1 May...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (C) and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the Lima Convention Centre in Lima on November 20, 2016.  |  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Different Paths to a Common Goal: Enhancing Canada-Australia Collaboration in Asia

27 April 2017

Australia and Canada have been described as “strategic cousins” – two countries with much in common in terms of their foreign policy interests. Both are federal bicameral Westminster-style...

Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson on why Australia must reshape links with China. Source: The Australian

Australia must reshape links with China

4 April 2017

The week’s events aside, Australia and China have never had such a promising relationship as today. Chinese tourists are the largest group of visitors from abroad and the biggest foreign spenders in...

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