international relations

What Happens When ISIS Becomes an Online Caliphate?

After the fall of Mosul, devising effective ways to combat Islamic State propaganda will be critically important, writes Dr Haroro Ingram.

Diplomatic Cooperation: An Evolutionary Perspective

Public Lecture co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University

Australia needs a diplomatic sea change in the South China Sea

The Australian government needs to show that diplomacy int eh South China Sea has been seriously tried and found wanting. But the evidence is that multilateral diplomacy hasn’t been pursued with the required vigour or intensity.

Ebola 2.0?

Ebola is back, but that doesn’t mean that the world should panic.

Australia and the Rise of Geoeconomics

In early 2015 a serious disagreement developed in the Australian Cabinet.

Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious approach to exercising the politico-military capabilities of the world’s sole superpower. For little more than that promise, it seems, Obama would be awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Fast-forward to the end of the Obama era and the global security environment is more volatile than it has been in decades: Russian influence is surging in the Middle East and Europe, wars ravage civilian populations in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, waves of migrants are straining EU unity, while the jihadist threat has metastasised. It’s a legacy, fairly or otherwise, that may come to be defined by three quotes.

Finding a Way Forward: Strategic Diplomacy in Northeast Asia

Northeast Asia is rife with potential conflict, given US-China great power rivalry, ongoing differences over interpretations of history between Korea and Japan and between China and Japan, simmering maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, and worries that tensions could escalate between Taiwan and the Mainland under the US presidency of Donald J. Trump. The articles in this cover package of Global Asia argue that now is the time for players in the region to embrace “strategic diplomacy.”

From the frontline to first-class Masters

James Garrison has been serving as an Officer with the United States Army for ten years. So when he received the General Wayne A. Downing Scholarship for postgraduate study, he leapt at the opportunity to pursue a Master of International Relations (Advanced).

US election: Donald Trump presidency is cause for real security concern

Julie Bishop has indicated that her Department of Foreign ­Affairs is looking at various scenarios for the outcome of the US elections tomorrow. She made it plain that a Donald Trump presidency would have to be per­suaded to maintain a US presence in the Asia-Pacific region. “It will be up to our region, including Australia, to persuade a Trump administration to focus on the Asia-Pacific,” she said. In my view, Australia should be concerned, very concerned, about a Trump victory. And here’s why.

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