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Balancing act: Experts warn we can’t stay out of China’s conflicts

4 October 2016

Australia faces an increasing challenge as tensions escalate between China and the United States over the Asia-Pacific region. For the past 20 years, Australia has been trying to balance its...

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A ham-fisted hegemon

28 September 2016

Despite its economic and military might, China lacks the finesse to shape Asia to its liking It is already being described as the moment when America’s “pivot” to Asia was seen to have gone awry....

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Political concerns fuel Japanese business pessimism in China

26 September 2016

The Japanese business community is increasingly pessimistic about the Japan–China relationship. For the past three years the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the...

Pine Gap ‘Spy base’ Alice Springs: What you never knew about top-secret facility

25 September 2016

But unless you work at Pine Gap, or have spent decades researching what really goes on here, your knowledge about it is probably fairly limited. And forget taking a tour to learn more about it...

Australia's China choice?

23 September 2016

Professor Hugh White speaks about Australia’s relationships with China and the US. Listen to the full interview, Australia’s China choice? on 2CC radio Canberra.

intelligence

It's time for a new intelligence review

20 September 2016

It has been five years since the release of the Independent Review of the Intelligence Community (or IRIC). Why do we need another review now? The IRIC endorsed the work the Australian Intelligence...

Seventeen years on, East Timor intervention remains a success

20 September 2016

Australia’s involvement in the liberation of East Timor, a mission launched on September 20, 1999, was the most decisive demonstration of Australian influence in the region since World War II,...

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Intelligence agencies face major review in new security era

18 September 2016

The Turnbull government is set to embark on a major independent review of the nation’s intelligence agencies as Australia faces an unprecedented array of security challenges ranging from...

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Canberra academics recognised in national teaching awards

15 September 2016

When Joanne Wallis first started teaching at The Australian National University she realised many of her students were petrified about getting a job at the end of their degree. Dr Wallis is a senior...

ISIS: Assessing Rumiyah

12 September 2016

The propaganda released by ISIS since late 2015 provides a fascinating case study of how a group in politico-military decline uses messaging to coax friends and foes into fixating upon and...

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