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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...

Australia’s anti-Islamic State pushback must be made to work

21 May 2015

Former diplomat and essayist Owen Harries once bemoaned our tendency to be blinkered by our “parochialism of the present”. He described it as the tendency to believe that what is happening now, 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...

ANU Myanmar Student Association members (from l to r) Kyaw Maung, Khaing Khaing Soe, Khaing Sandi Win Min, Thin Pyie and Chit Win

Putting down roots

30 April 2015

 A new student society is helping Myanmar students live Canberra and ANU life to the fullest. Imagine arriving in Australia and being so overwhelmed by the technology, that even the concept of using...

Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran - two Australians facing imminent execution in Indonesia. Photo by AFP.

Australia can change Asia for the better

30 April 2015

Australia has the resources and clout to push for major change in the region, including issues as divisive as the death penalty. The real challenge is whether we have the ideas, arguments and...

Visitors look at the skeletons of Chinese prisoners which were buried alive by Japanese soldiers. Photo by AFP.

Asia still festers over WWII wounds

27 April 2015

Australia may have just marked 100 years since the failed Gallipoli campaign. But it is the anniversary of another war and its legacies we should be keeping our eyes own, write Nick Bisley and...

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Looking beyond the legend

24 April 2015

As Australia marks the centenary of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, four war historians examine what Anzac means and dig a little deeper into the myths and legends surrounding one of the nation’s...

Archy (Mark Lee) gets ready for the charge at the Nek in Peter Weir's 'Gallipoli'.

Lest we forget what really happened

24 April 2015

Mourning, myth and memory clash in centenary of Anzac, writes James Giggacher. One hundred years ago Australian soldiers, part of an allied army, made a botched dawn landing on the shores of the...

The secret to success

23 April 2015

ANU historian collects prestigious spy-writing award for first official history of Australia’s Secret Intelligence Organisation.Professor David Horner, from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre...

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