Analysis


  • The UN Security Council: Australia at Mid-term

    Australia’s ascension to the United Nations Security Council has involved a range of diplomatic activities that have not been as well publicised as they deserve. As 2014 begins Australia is halfway through its two-year term as a non-permanent...

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  • Australia, Israel and Palestine

    Australia has had an important role in the establishment of the Israeli state. However, there has been a lack of critical analysis of Israeli policy and actions relating to the occupied Palestinian territories. The Israel-Palestine dispute...

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  • South Africa – changing the inheritance of inequality

    Low education standards are a significant bar to prosperity in post-Mandela South Africa. Former South African President Nelson Mandela had a number of passions but he was particularly engaged on education, describing it as the most powerful...

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  • Is Australia a middle power?

    The term ‘middle power’ has recently been in heavy use. But what exactly is meant by the term, and is Australia really a ‘middle power.’ During the previous Australian government of Kevin Rudd, the term ‘middle power’ came back into fashion....

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  • Australia faces big challenges in chairing the G20

    The challenge Australia faces as chair of the G20 this year is to reverse the widespread perception that the group is on the slide and not much more than an ineffective talking shop. Setting an agenda that is both short and manageable will be...

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  • How others see us

    Australia is entering an era of powerful neighbours with competing interests. We need to understand how those countries view us and for what purpose they engage with Australia. The shift of global economic weight to Asia is driving big...

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  • Whaling: Why Litigation?

    Australia’s decision to litigate against Japan’s whaling program is a consequence of variable factors within Australia’s domestic political climate. Summer in Australia has come to be associated with sun, surf, cricket, bushfires, and...

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  • In a Cleft Stick: Australia’s Indo-Pacific Policy

    Australia has a vital interest in preventing its region, defined as the Indo-Pacific in the 2013 Defence White Paper, from becoming an arena of great power rivalry. This includes between India and China. Developing a close strategic partnership...

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  • Private International Law: Adding Value for Australia

    The alignment of various nation-state laws by implementation of international conventions has been a work in progress that has had practical benefits for Australia and other countries in resolving cross border legal disputes.  The Hague...

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  • The politics of self-interest bind India and China together

    One of the characteristics of today’s Asia is its asymmetric rivalries, including Japan’s rivalry with China, China’s with the United States, Pakistan’s with India and India’s with China. The India–China rivalry is particularly striking,...

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