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Foreign policy: why we should expect more of ourselves

4 December 2017

We are starting to turn the “soft bigotry of low expectations” against our own government, and therefore against ourselves. Look at the way we have responded to the government’s recent Foreign...

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Nov. 12 © AP

Vietnam manages delicate balance between US and China

16 November 2017

Donald Trump last week became the first U.S. president since the Vietnam War to have visited Vietnam during his first year of office, spending three days in the country during his inaugural Asian...

Even under Trump, US-Vietnam relations seem to be improving

15 November 2017

Given how closely Barack Obama was associated with the deepening of US-Vietnam ties, the change of administrations in the United States inevitably raised questions about the relationship’s...

Francophone Africa is Australia’s Final Diplomatic Frontier

3 November 2017

Francophone Africa is a relative unknown for many Australians, but as this group of countries begins to take its place on the global stage, Australia should take note. French-speaking nations make...

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The Battle of Beersheba, 100 years on

1 November 2017

In Australia’s memory of the Great War, the Sinai–Palestine Campaign gets comparatively little thought after Gallipoli and the Western Front. The exception is the Battle of Beersheba, fought on 31...

Turnbull Takes Part in Reinvigorated Pacific Islands Forum

8 September 2017

Barring unforeseen circumstances – and these days perhaps one shouldn’t talk too soon – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will fly to Samoa to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting....

"It's not a pleasant story about ASIO. There's lots of warts," John Blaxland.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Lunch with John Blaxland, or how to write a history of ASIO

8 September 2017

Since John Blaxland co-authored The Official History of ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), the final volume of which was published late last year, he has been attacked by right-...

"It's not a pleasant story about ASIO. There's lots of warts," John Blaxland.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Lunch with John Blaxland, or how to write a history of ASIO

8 September 2017

Since John Blaxland co-authored The Official History of ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), the final volume of which was published late last year, he has been attacked by right-...

ASEAN and Australia beyond 50

25 August 2017

ASEAN has achieved much in its 50 years, but it is currently perceived as underperforming and facing difficult challenges ahead. Australia, as ASEAN’s longest-standing partner, should support its...

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Do the lessons of Thucydides apply to Singapore?

16 August 2017

Recently the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, dropped a bombshell. He declared that Qatar’s experience of being embargoed by its neighbouring states...

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