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HMAS Brisbane cruising with USN destroyer John S. McCain.

Principle of self-reliance more important now than it has ever been

24 November 2015

Relying on our allies to keep us safe is unwise, so Marise Payne's white paper needs to set out a plan to bolster our own defences.Read Principle of self-reliance more important now than it has...

A bomb explodes in Syria.

Dr John Blaxland warns against Australia sending troops into Syria

19 November 2015

As France launched a second round of air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, one of Australia’s leading defence experts has warned against deploying Aussie troops on the ground. Dr John Blaxland...

ANU expert shares insights

ANU expert shares insights and moderates civil society dialogue on transitional justice in Sri Lanka

17 November 2015

Leading expert in human rights, justice and security issues in South Asia, Dr Bina D’Costa, was invited to deliver keynotes, along with Eduardo Gonzalez (the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation...

Shinzo Abe and Xi Jingping meet.

Scenario of China's Fault II

15 November 2015

In recent weeks there has been a palpable shift in the tenor of China-Japan relations. On November 1, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo met in Seoul as part of the China-Japan-Korea (...

US carrier group.

US 'sail through' will not deter China

11 November 2015

President Barack Obama's decision to send a U.S. Navy ship through waters claimed by China, around an artificial island in the South China Sea, was presented as a warning that Washington will not...

China building an artificial island in the South China Sea - Fiery Cross Reef.

China's island-building project a bid for power, not popularity

10 November 2015

Malcolm Turnbull has often said China's assertive actions in the South China Sea are "counterproductive", because they scare its south-east Asian neighbours. But scaring the neighbours is only...

Malcolm Turnbull speaking at the United States Studies Centre.

Will a Turnbull government mean a new foreign policy for Australia?

3 November 2015

There has been speculation that Australia’s recent change in prime minister from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull will mean a shift in Australia’s choice of partners in Asia. The change does not mean...

Shinzo Abe at a roundtable.

Why Abe-Park summit matters to rest of Asia

3 November 2015

While differences over whether Japan has adequately atoned for its imperial history remain, the meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye yesterday...

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott's Most Expensive Three-Word Slogan: '2 per cent' of GDP on Defence

2 November 2015

Under the Abbott government, the Defence Department was the focus of two 'three-word slogans'. The first was helping Immigration to 'stop the boats'. The second was a promise to put defence spending...

Bell School wins more than $835,000 in ARC funding

Bell School wins more than $835,000 in ARC funding

30 October 2015

Academics based at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University (ANU), have won more than $835,000 for four projects in the latest Australian Research Council (...

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