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Australian foreign policy in the spotlight

19 August 2015

A recent ANU conference has sought to evaluate the state of Australia’s international relations in the face of a diverse set of challenges.The Australia 360 forum, hosted by the Coral Bell School of...

Scholarship to create leaders that make a difference

18 August 2015

A new scholarship valued at up to $120,000 over two to three years will offer students pursuing research or coursework postgraduate studies a unique opportunity to develop their...

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...

Marise Payne is sworn in by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. Image by AFP.

Defence white paper: bin it and start again

29 July 2015

The defence portfolio is a tough assignment and Marise Payne takes it on at an especially difficult time, writes HUGH WHITE. Marise Payne is as well qualified for the job of defence minister as any...

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International Security Studies student wins gold at World University Games

8 July 2015

Australian Uniroos swimmer and ANU student Justin James has successfully defended his 200 metre Individual Medley title he won in 2013, by...

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Tony Abbott and his preoccupation with national security

7 July 2015

National security has become the Prime Minister's only topic of conversation, and there is peril in that, writes HUGH WHITE. Before he became Prime Minister, Tony Abbott hardly spoke about national...

Densus 88 counter-terrorism police commandos march during operations on a house in Malang, in eastern Java on March 26, 2015. Image by AFP.

Countering Islamic State is a way to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations

24 June 2015

The emergence of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in early 2014 has refocused Australian government attention on terrorist threats abroad, particularly in Indonesia. Australia's concerns are well...

A Chinese coast guard vessel followed by a Vietnamese coast guard ship near the area of China's oil drilling oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Chinese expansion calls for firm challenge

9 June 2015

“In no previous period of modern history have frontiers been so rigidly demarcated, or their character as barriers so ruthlessly enforced, as today.” So wrote EH Carr in his seminal work about the...

A soldier from the Philippines, patrolling a beach on Pagasa Island,  at the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea. Image by AFP.

South China sea dilemma: not just a territorial dispute

4 June 2015

Beijing has cast a peaceful light on its construction of airfields, ports and radar antennae on 800 hectares of new man-made islands in the South China Sea, claiming they are intended for...

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