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US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Embassy the Hague.

US–China rivalry: does Asia have to choose?

9 February 2016

Can America preserve the US-led regional order by resisting China’s challenge to replace it with ‘a new model of great-power relations’? That depends a lot on how much support the United States can...

Fighter jets. Image from Flickr, courtesy of dvids hub.

ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre tops think tank list

29 January 2016

The ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) has again been ranked as Australia's leading university-based think tank, as well as Top 3 Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks in Australia, and...

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Economic imperatives warm Thai–Cambodian ties

26 January 2016

The December 2015 meeting between Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen has boosted bilateral relations. Relations got off to a rocky start after the Thai coup...

Aerial shot of South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of stratman2.

Five ways Australian politicians could do some good on the South China Sea

22 January 2016

Shadow Defence Minister Senator Conroy should be applauded for entering the debate on Australia's South China Sea policy. His instincts that Australia should do more to support a rules-based global...

Malcolm Turnbull speaking in Washington D.C. Image courtesy of CSIS.

Turnbull in Washington: A Missed Opportunity

19 January 2016

The trickiest part of Malcolm Turnbull’s speech in Washington was always going to be the passage about China. This was the issue on which, to judge by what he said before becoming Prime Minister, Mr...

Jakarta bombing in 2016. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Tommy Wahyu Utomo.

What the Jakarta attack tells us about the fight against terrorism

15 January 2016

The explosions and killings in downtown Jakarta yesterday are a grim and depressing reminder of the determination of violent extremists. But they also show how much has changed - for the better - in...

Sana'a street in Yemen. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Ahron De Leeuw.

Former Australian soldiers caught up in Yemen's civil war, concerns for human rights

14 January 2016

Former Australian soldiers play a key role in a Saudi-led military onslaught against Yemeni rebels, in a conflict which human rights groups are alarmed by.Read the full article.

John Blaxland discusses ASIO.

The Protest Years: history shows ASIO at its lowest ebb

13 January 2016

Just before Christmas, some commentators challenged the wisdom of telephone calls by ASIO head Duncan Lewis to some Coalition members of parliament relating to the tone of public references to Islam...

Syrian children in a refugee camp. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the United Nations.

The Levant Crisis: Syria, Iraq and the Region: Listen to the podcast

5 January 2016

The Syrian civil war has killed thousands and displaced millions, with dire economic, social and political implications not just for Syrians, but neighbouring countries, the region, and wider...

RAMSI soldier destroying weapons. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Australian Civil-Military Centre.

Australia's anxieties after the 'Age of Intervention'

15 December 2015

Australia’s ‘age of intervention’ which culminated in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands is over. Now it’s time for the country to rethink its role in the region.Read Australia's...


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