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President Donald J. Trump, joined by Prime Minister Imran Khan of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, speaks with reporters during their bilateral meeting Monday, July 22, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Reaching peace in Afghanistan and the Pakistan factor

2 August 2019

By Honorary Associate Professor Claude Rakisits When Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan returned home last week after his 3-day trip to Washington, he received a hero’s welcome. It was as if he...

STST2020- Visit to SSC Thailand. Photo credit: Ashley Rogge

Studying Southeast Asia's Security Choices

29 July 2019

Created and led by Professor John Blaxland and Dr Greg Raymond of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), the New Colombo Plan (NCP) funded course was a “tour de force” of in-depth knowledge...

Thomas Paterson during the SDSC facilitated study tour Operation Oboe

SDSC Graduate now writing on the world stage

19 July 2019

Thomas Paterson will be receiving his Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) degree today, marking the celebration of two very busy and transformative years. Initially uninterested in tertiary education...

PIPSA 2019

DPA partners with University of New Caledonia to co-convene PIPSA conference, ‘Democracy, Sovereignty and Self-Determination in the Pacific Islands’

11 July 2019

From 25 – 27 June 2019, the Australian National University Department of Pacific Affairs and the University of New Caledonia LARJE Centre co-convened the PIPSA (Pacific Islands Political Studies...

Collin Beck, Joanne Wallis and James Batley

Understanding how the ‘Pacific’ fits into the ‘Indo-Pacific’

10 July 2019

The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) and National Security College (NSC) of the Australian National University (ANU) recently hosted officials, public...

Joint Task Group Commander, Air Commodore Richard Owen, Professor John Blaxland, Ms Imogen Mathew and Dr Bec Strating on HMAS Canberra during the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE19).

A truly Indo-Pacific Endeavour

9 July 2019

Described by Joint Task Force Commander, Air Commodore Richard Owen as “one of the most important annual activities of the Australian Defence Force”, Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE19) is part of...

Malcolm Davis

Alumni profile - Malcolm Davis, ASPI Senior Analyst

28 June 2019

Since graduating with a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from The Australian National University (ANU) in 1997, Malcolm Davis’ career within strategic and defence policy has gone from strength to...

Operation Oboe Field trip

VC's award recognises Garth Pratten who continues to inspire future thinkers

20 May 2019

Quality education is built upon great teaching. We can all remember those teachers and supervisors who influenced our own learning. This is why we celebrate the recognition of Dr Garth Pratten and Dr...

Photo credit: US Department of Defense

Alliances Adrift: Is this the end of America’s Asian alliances?

14 May 2019

America’s network of Asian alliances (often also referred to as the ‘San Francisco System’) has defied most theoretical expectations by surviving in the absence of a common external threat long after...

Tony Abbott inspects an aerial view of the MH17 crash site

Australian Defence Policy in Flux: The Perspective of Brendan Sargeant

18 April 2019

By Robbin Laird The strategic shift from the land wars in the Middle East to the challenges of facing the 21st century authoritarian powers has recast the defense challenges facing the liberal...

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