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Dirty politics in Vanuatu

14 October 2015

People in Vanuatu know politics is a dirty business. But it is one thing to know, and another to watch politicians being legally held to account, writes SIOBHAN McDONNELL A fierce political cyclone...

Source: AAP/EAF

What’s displacing Air Sea Battle in US military planning?

1 October 2015

In a slow moving transition underway since late 2014, there are strong signs that the often-criticised US Air Sea Battle operational concept is being quietly — albeit not officially — sidelined as a...

2015 Timor-Leste Update - Sessions

1 October 2015

2015 Timor-Leste Update ‘Terms of Inclusion’2015 Timor-Leste Update Session Abstracts Terms of Inclusion: A Political Entente Cordiale?Chair: Sue Ingram, , PhD Candidate, SSGM, ANUSpeakers:Jose...

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Turnbull: any implications for Indonesia?

1 October 2015

After a dramatic leadership spill within the Liberal Party of Australia on Monday, Malcolm Turnbull was elected to replace Tony Abbott as the new Australian prime minister. Whereas Abbott was the...

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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...

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