international relations

Performing Unity: The symbol and ritual of ASEAN

In his latest book project, Mathew Davies argues that, at its core, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is really just one big performance.

Comic Relief: Unpacking the politics of pop culture

In his newly designed course for international relations students, Alister Wedderburn is bringing culture back to the fore.

Being a good neighbour: Australia in Asia

Australia 360: A panel of academics from the SDSC discuss Australia’s relationships with its neighbours.

Regional roundup spotlights Australia’s key relationships

Speaking at the Australian National University’s annual Australia 360 event last Tuesday, a panel of academics broke down Australia’s key regional relationships, starting in Southeast Asia.

Politics and International Studies at ANU jumps to 6th place in 2017 QS Rankings

The 2017 QS World University Rankings has seen Politics and International Studies at ANU move from 8th place in the world to 6th place. It is the third year in a row that ANU has been ranked among the top ten for these subjects.

The Case for Institutional Pacifism

Pacifism, in its most familiar form, is the view that waging war is never morally justified—call this the pacifism-of-acts. This is to be carefully distinguished from what we might call the pacifism-of-institutions. The latter position is not characterised by an absolute objection to waging war with the military resources that we have amassed. It is characterised, rather, by an objection to the amassing of those resources to begin with.

R2P and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities: A Child-Centric Approach

Cecilia Jacob, ‘R2P and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities: A Child-Centric Approach’, Global Responsibility to Protect, 10(1-2) 2018: 75-96.

Testing the Nuclear Stability-Instability Paradox Using Synthetic Control Method

Does acquisition of nuclear weapons by security rivals increase their level of conventional militarised conflict? Some recent theoretical and quantitative work has supported the ‘stability-instability paradox’, the proposition that while nuclear weapons deter nuclear war, they may also provide the conditions for nuclear-armed rivals to increase conventional military conflict with each other. However, other quantitative analysis and qualitative studies of the India–Pakistan dyad have delivered more equivocal assessments.

Chinese Power and the Idea of a Responsible State in a Changing World Order

In this Centre of Gravity paper, Professor Emeritus Rosemary Foot, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, outlines the evoluti

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