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Is Australia's engagement with Asia over?

3 March 2015

 A new book on Australia’s role in Asia finds the country has moved to a new phase in its relationships with the region.From towing back boats to cattle bans and ignored pleas for clemency, it would...

When bad politics can lead to good policy

27 February 2015

We're often told good policy is good politics. Sometimes however what seems like terrible politics can create good policy. So it is with Australia's submarines, writes ANDREW CARR.Ever since the last...

The time is right for a new foreign policy blueprint

25 February 2015

To meet global challenges and ensure national interests, Australia needs to develop a coherent foreign policy narrative, writes Michael Wesley. Facing a tough year ahead in getting its domestic...

Photo by SSGM/CDI Election observation team.

Biometrics, fraudsters and observers

25 February 2015

 An expensive biometric voting system has succeeded in reducing the scope for widespread fraud in the Solomon Islands at the 2014 parliamentary elections.But left unchecked, money politics may...

Carly Gordyn. Photo by James Walsh.

Reaping the rewards of research

20 February 2015

Strongly connected to the migrant experience while growing up, a PhD candidate is already receiving recognition for her research on asylum seeker policy.Like many people, Carly Gordyn didn’t consider...

Western thinking shouldn't mean frosty relations with China. Photo by AFP.

Time for a new China vision

20 February 2015

 China is not seeking to break the rules of global order, writes Stuart Harris.Australia’s foreign policy, and notably its relations with the US and China, has been a mix of positives and negatives...

Andrew Chan (right) and Myuran Sukumaran talk to their lawyer.

Don't shoot the messenger

17 February 2015

Keeping death row inmates alive is one of the best chances of success in Joko Widodo’s war on drugs, write Clarke Jones and James Giggacher. Indonesia has announced that death row inmates and '...

Pro-Russian rebels ride an armoured vehicle in Ukraine. Photo by AFP.

A victory for Russia

17 February 2015

 Vladimir Putin will see the Ukraine ceasefire agreement as a reward for his brinkmanship and a vindication of his strategy, writes Mathew Davies.The agreement in Minsk between Russia and the Ukraine...

Will Gusmao continue to influence Timor-Leste politics from the shadows? Photo by Rusty Stewart on flickr.

Can Xanana Gusmao anoint his successor?

10 February 2015

Timor-Leste’s departing prime minister still seeks to play a major role in the country’s often volatile and rocky politics, writes Sue Ingram. On 5 February, Timor-Leste’s long-serving prime minister...

Timothea Horn. Photo by James Walsh.

Small powers, big difference

6 February 2015

PhD researcher Timothea Horn is examining how ‘small powers’ can help stop the global spread of landmines, small arms and weapons of mass destruction.  Each year, almost 3,000 people around the...

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