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Common wealth? The state of Australian foreign policy

28 May 2020

While there is a diversity of views on Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative agreement with Beijing, there seems to be universal agreement on a solution: the federal government should simply assert its...

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The illusion of a middle power moment

19 May 2020

To be a middle power requires a modest disbelief in power. These states take their medium-sized resources and direct them towards big objectives. This may be reactive, searching for self-preservation...

Thai domestic politics threatens to derail its diplomacy

19 May 2020

Thailand has been a treaty ally of the United States since 1954, but its political direction since 2006 — amid warming strategic ties with Beijing — is placing serious pressure on the alliance....

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How does the ‘Pacific’ fit into the ‘Indo-Pacific’?

15 May 2020

How does the ‘Pacific’ fit into the ‘Indo-Pacific’? What are the implications of the changing geopolitics of the Pacific Islands for the region and Australia? Does the ‘Blue Pacific’ concept have the...

What Allies Want: Reconsidering Loyalty, Reliability, and Alliance Interdependence

13 May 2020

International diplomacy stretches well beyond pleasantries and 30-second media grabs. How one ally perceives and responds to the behaviour of another, can influence significant trade or economic...

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Putin on a perilous rodeo ride of connected crises

12 May 2020

This article was written by Paul Dibb AM, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Russia is experiencing a triple ­crisis that threatens to undermine the...

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Australia must get better at picking its fights with China

12 May 2020

This article was written by Hugh White AO, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Everyone loves a David and Goliath story. That is why we have all been...

Australia 360

Australia 360 – exploring the big issues that confront us

4 September 2019

Young leaders and professionals gathered with leading researchers, thinkers and practitioners in the majestic Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia on Wed 21 August to take a closer look...

Women in International Security

Women scholars in Strategic Studies: A career reception for future leaders

5 August 2019

“The problems of our age are so vast that we need unprecedented breadth and depth to our collective knowledge. We also need to be able to work with dualities, hybridity, and contingency in...

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Studying Southeast Asia's Security Choices

29 July 2019

Created and led by Professor John Blaxland and Dr Greg Raymond of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), the New Colombo Plan (NCP) funded course was a “tour de force” of in-depth knowledge...

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