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Trump Pushes Australia Toward China

9 February 2017

The phone call last week between Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in which the president denounced a refugee deal made between the United States and Australia under President Obama,...

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Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

2 February 2017

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious...

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Trump and strategic change in Asia

23 January 2017

As Donald Trump’s administration comes to power in Washington, the postwar security policy of the US is undergoing a monumental transition. The new president’s campaign rhetoric strongly intimated...

Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has compared Beijing's actions in the South China Sea to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

With Donald Trump in the White House, what now for the Asia-Pacific?

23 January 2017

Will Trump slap tariffs on Chinese imports, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies? Will he forge a new great power alignment with Moscow, leaving Beijing out in the...

Jihadist Threat in 2017

11 January 2017

2017 promises a more volatile and diffuse jihadist threat as the war on ISIS causes various Islamist extremist groups to strategically evolve as they compete for attention and influence. This dynamic...

Indonesian military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo talks to reporters in Jakarta

Glitch underlines the priority of Indonesia-Australia cooperation

6 January 2017

While there is no cause for the Australian army to censor critical discussion of the darker realities of our defence partners’ histories or contemporary affairs, if experienced Australian soldiers...

Malaysia PM Najib Razak

Najib fights to retain control after 1MDB scandal

31 December 2016

Najib quickly shut down Malaysian investigations into 1MDB in 2015. Yet external agencies and media sources have since tracked what they believe is an international chain of transactions enabling...

Dutertes year of living dangerously

Duterte's year of living dangerously

27 December 2016

Philippine politics in 2016 has been dominated by Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power. With five contenders for the presidency, pre-election polls in early January 2016 indicated that the administration...

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

20 December 2016

How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to hearing stories...

UNIFIL Peacekeeper patrols Blue Line. Source: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe @ Flickr.com

Walking the Blue Line: Lebanon’s Security Sector Reform

19 December 2016

Following civil war, re-establishing the legitimacy of a state’s army is a crucial part of security sector reform and international actors can aid this process. The capacity-building work of the...

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