Since its founding, the primary purpose of the Bell School has been grounded in our scholars' ability to conduct and publish academically rigorous, conceptually innovative, world-leading research, and use that knowledge to educate, train, and engage with multiple stakeholders.


We have demonstrated commitment to high quality, multi-disciplinary, and impactful research. We have maintained a strong record of research partnerships with other universities, government agencies, and international organisations. And we have collaborated and helped build capacity with regional partners and local communities. 

Research and strategic initiatives

Reliability and Alliance Interdependence Iain Henry
This research explores how America’s alliances in Asia function as an interdependent system.
Alliances, Nuclear Weapons and Escalation Stephan Fruehling
Nuclear weapons remain central to the internal dynamics of US alliances in Europe and the Indo-Pacific. But cooperation related to them has varied significantly between allies and over time.
The Federated States of Micronesia’s Engagement with the Outside World
This study addresses the neglected history of the people of the Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) engagement with the outside world.
Sharing Responsibility Luke Glanville
Associate Professor Luke Glanville shows that the history of the shared responsibility to protect is marked by courageous efforts, as well as troubling ties to Western imperialism, evasion, and abuse.
The China Alternative: Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands
Key dimensions of the changing relationship between China and the Pacific Islands and explore the strategic, economic and diplomatic implications for regional actors.
Niche Wars: Australia in Afghanistan and Iraq, 2001–2014
Niche Wars examines Australia’s experience on military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to 2014.
In from the Cold: Reflections on Australia’s Korean War
What did Australia contribute to the Korean War from June 1950 to July 1953? What were the Australians doing there? How significant was the contribution and what difference did it make?
Rethinking Sino-Japanese Alienation Evelyn Goh
In this book, Professor Goh and Professor Buzan develop a new understanding of contemporary Japan-China problems by studying bilateral relations from the 15th century onwards.