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New Horizons

16 December 2015

From recruiting terrorists online to using memes to insult Islamic State, the digital realm is rapidly reshaping politics and power in the 21st century. With many more examples like the above, the...

HMAS Brisbane cruising with USN destroyer John S. McCain.

Principle of self-reliance more important now than it has ever been

24 November 2015

Relying on our allies to keep us safe is unwise, so Marise Payne's white paper needs to set out a plan to bolster our own defences.Read Principle of self-reliance more important now than it has...

China building an artificial island in the South China Sea - Fiery Cross Reef.

China's island-building project a bid for power, not popularity

10 November 2015

Malcolm Turnbull has often said China's assertive actions in the South China Sea are "counterproductive", because they scare its south-east Asian neighbours. But scaring the neighbours is only...

Delegates from Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, and Turkey  with Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop. Image courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Where is MIKTA heading next?

27 October 2015

With a relatively small amount of media coverage, foreign ministers of five nations—Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia—met in New York last week for the sixth MIKTA ministerial...

Friends and neighbours

6 August 2015

Deepening ties between Australia and Japan in the past few years have led to each nation considering the other its most important security partner after the United States, a think tank says....

Harvard bound

Harvard bound

31 July 2015

An Australian National University (ANU) PhD graduate from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) has been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.Kalman Robertson...

Erika Ruiz Sandoval from Mexico

A meeting of middle power minds

15 July 2015

Knowledge is power, the old saying goes, and in the case of the world’s middle powers, it’s potentially even more potent.That’s why 25 scholars from Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and...

A B-1B flying over the Pacific Ocean. Image by Wikipedia.

B-1 bombers brouhaha: minor disrupt, big rift

19 May 2015

In a showdown with China, Obama would face a humliating back down or an unwinnable war. Does Abbott want to be part of that? writes HUGH WHITE   Our government was embarrassed and angry last week...

Senior leader of the Communist Party of China Wang Qishan and US President Barack Obama. Photo by wikimedia

China's slam dunk

12 May 2015

China has not just overtaken the US economy, but will soon leave it far behind, writes HUGH WHITE For longer than anyone now living can remember, the United States has been by far the world's richest...

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...

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