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Transitions and Trends across the Pacific Region - Podcasts

1 October 2015

Transitions and Trends across the Pacific Region Acknowledging the Realities of an Urban Pacific Pacific Islands cities have experienced rapid urbanisation for decades, attracting migrants in search...

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Australia's Syrian combat commitments out of step with Western partners

15 September 2015

In the 14 years since 9/11, Australian political leaders have learnt little about war. On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, US leaders remain uncommitted to deepening the country’s military...

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China's strategists are not supermen

26 August 2015

As a fresh set of pictures of Chinese artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea hit the U.S. media in late June, a growing number of influential policy analysts in Washington were...

Source: The Straits Times

Life after the Bangkok blast

24 August 2015

The slaughter of innocent people in Bangkok last week was a shocking event. But its immediate political and social implications are probably limited. Cleaners and street sweepers of the Bangkok...

Source: AAP/EAF

Subplots in Thailand’s submarine setback

12 August 2015

In June 2015, several announcements suggested that Thailand would acquire three Chinese submarines for 36 billion baht (US$1.03billion). But by mid-July, Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon stated...

Source: AAP

Australia needs a diplomatic sea change in the South China Sea

24 June 2015

Despite its calls for ‘more Jakarta and less Geneva’, the Abbott government appears to have fallen into a passive approach to multilateral diplomacy. And as tensions in the South China Sea ratchet up...

Thai–Cambodia relations one year after the ICJ judgement

11 November 2014

The Thai–Cambodia dispute over the Preah Vihear temple (called Phra Viharn in Thailand) is one of the worst intra-ASEAN conflicts on record. At least 34 people were killed during intermittent...

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Is Thailand arming civilians in the south? Not quite

10 November 2014

Last week Elliot Brennan raised concerns (No Peace, More Guns: Thai Junta Arms Civilians in Restive South) about the distribution of weapons to civilian volunteers in Thailand’s southern border...

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