After the tragedy, attention turns to how it happened

New Zealand security authorities seem to have mainly focused on Islamist extremists and have not taken the extreme-right seriously enough.

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Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque after the terror attack in Christchurch. CREDIT:AP

Is the Indo-Pacific just a geographic region, or something more?

The Australian Government’s use of the terms ‘Indo-pacific’ and ‘rules-based-order’ have come under question at the Council for Security Cooperation in the...

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Canberra’s growing silence on US leadership in Asia

Sometimes what is left out of a major policy speech is as important as what is said.

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Trust in short supply when there are no shared values

Communist China is based on principles far removed from those we understand.

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Xi Jinping

Competing Pacific narratives

Joanne Wallis on the geopolitical discussions of the Pacific islands in 2018

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Jean Bou

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Dr Bou is a lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and is based at the Australian War College, where he teaches in the Military Studies Program. A historian, he is a graduate of...

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Dr Greg Raymond is a research fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. He is currently working on a research project looking at Thailand, the United States and China. He is also converting his PhD thesis...

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Ron Huisken

Dr. Ron Huisken is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre. He has had a distinguished career in foreign affairs working as a Research Fellow at SIPRI (1968-70 &1972-76),...

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Joanne Wallis

Dr Joanne Wallis completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Cambridge, supported by a Poynton Cambridge Australian scholarship and Wolfson College Commonwealth studentship. She holds Master degrees in Arts (by...

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Professor Emerita Joan Beaumont is an internationally recognised historian of Australia in the two world wars, Australian defence and foreign policy, the history of prisoners of war and the...

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