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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...

Clive Palmer. Photo: Kelly Barnes/AAP

Populism and the Australian election: what could fringe voters deliver to our parliament?

13 May 2019

BY PAUL KENNY With populists in control of the world’s most populous democracies, not least the United States, a question on the mind of many is what effect populism might have on this month’s...

Of Cricket, Sandpaper and “Shadow Values”: What Australia’s Aid Program Says About Who We Are and Our Ability to Weather the Next Foreign Policy Crisis

3 May 2019

BY BENJAMIN DAY When it comes to Australia’s foreign aid spending, the Cameron Bancroft and Steven Smith ball tampering incident provides an illustrative analogy of the disconnect between our...

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...

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,...

Ewan McDonald

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...

Who is watching the watchers? It's a bureaucratic maze

3 December 2018

BY JOHN BLAXLAND. Guarding Australia in an alphabet soup of spy organisations, Australia needs a new National Security Adviser to balance competing advice with clear strategy. The government...

Abe's Visit to Australia

27 November 2018

BY LAUREN RICHARDSON Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is scheduled to visit Australia this week on the heels of attending the ASEAN Summit. While there have been regular prime ministerial exchanges...

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