Australia and Asian neighbours, foreign policy, diplomacy, international relations, Andrew Carr, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Centre of Gravity Series: Why be strong? The Swiss & Australian Responses to Fear

Defence thinkers routinely identify Australia as one of the safest countries in the world. However, Australia’s future is likely to be more dangerous and troubling than its past has been.

Centre of Gravity Series: Australia’s Defence Policy after COVID-19

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update and accompanying Force Structure Plan, and the Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030 are, when taken together, among the more important defence policy docum

How should we deal with an aggressive China?

The possibility of us being threatened, directly or indirectly, by a rising Beijing can no longer be ignored.

ASEAN-Australia Defence Postgraduate Scholarship Program

An innovative program at The Australian National University (ANU) with a focus on strengthening ties between ASEAN Defence leaders by bringing Defence officials from Southeast Asia and Australia.

China Can Hurt Australia for Malabar Exercise But QUAD is Bracing

India’s invitation to Australia is a significant move for the future of peace & security in the Indo-Pacific.

Back to the drawing board on our survival strategy

Scott Morrison was not exaggerating back in July when he compared Australia’s strategic circumstances today with the late 1930s and the lead-up to World War II.

Book Review: The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood

US-Pakistan relations have always been difficult and became particularly prickly at the height of the war in neighbouring Afghanistan. Washington needs to rebuild the trust if it doesn’t want to see Pakistan drift completely into Beijing’s orbit.

Russia’s new strategy for nuclear war

Former Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb, analyses the recently published Russian nuclear strategy document and its implications.

Can We Trust America? Our Closest Ally in the Time of COVID

The ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and Australian Foreign Affairs will host an important discussion of Australia’s closest ally in the time of COVID, as its dominance in the Asia-Pacific faces challenge from China and its “America First” foreign policy marks a shift away from global engagement.

Lead contributors to the latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs Brendan Taylor, Kelly Magamen and Michael Wesley are joined by the US Studies Centre’s Gorana Grgic to take a hard look at the changing status of the United States.

Thai domestic politics threatens to derail its diplomacy

Thailand has been a treaty ally of the United States since 1954, but its political direction since 2006 — amid warming strategic ties with Beijing — is placing serious pressure on the alliance.

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