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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...

Cambodian migrant workers at a construction site in Bangkok. Thailand is a major migrant worker destination country in Asean. Reuters

Thailand should lead ASEAN with a migrant worker agenda

27 November 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT Thailand will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019 after the ASEAN Summit in Singapore this month. This is in keeping with Thailand’s hopes to regain its place of regional...

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Afghanistan: the Hazaras are not safe

27 November 2018

In late October 2018, the Taliban in Afghanistan launched a new campaign of attacks, taking them into areas which until then had been “peaceful”. The attacks started in the Khas Uruzgan district,...

Abe's Visit to Australia

27 November 2018

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 between Tokyo and...

Indonesian democracy: from stagnation to regression?

14 November 2018

BY EVE WARBURTON AND EDWARD ASPINALL For much of the past decade, observers have praised Indonesian democracy. Elections have been competitive, the country boasts a vibrant civil society, and the...

The Bali Process and refugee protection in Southeast Asia

22 October 2018

BY CARLY GORDYN The seventh ministerial conference of the Bali Process, co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia, took place in August 2018. This article explores the development of the Bali Process...

A Radical New Defence Policy - Brendan Sargeant

28 September 2018

This is the transcript of the speech delivered by Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant at the public panel event ‘Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy’ on 27 September 2018. Two other...

A Radical New Defence Policy - Paul Dibb

28 September 2018

This is the transcript of the speech delivered by Professor Paul Dibb at the public panel event ‘Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy’ on 27 September 2018. Two other speeches were...

A Radical New Defence Policy - Richard Brabin-Smith

28 September 2018

This is the transcript of the speech delivered by Honorary Professor Richard Brabin-Smith at the public panel event ‘Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy’ on 27 September 2018. Two...

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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