Fresh Perspectives


  • Threat or Paranoia: Australia-Japan Relations in a Changing Asia

    Threat or Paranoia: Australia-Japan Relations in a Changing Asia

    Deepening ties between Australia and Japan do not operate in a vacuum. They instead influence relationships in the region particularly with China.  Australia-Japan relations are at a high. The personal engagement of Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe...

    More >

  • South Asian Regional Cooperation: The India-Pakistan Imperative

    South Asian Regional Cooperation: The India-Pakistan Imperative

    A fundamental factor impeding South Asian regional cooperation is the visceral animosity between India and Pakistan. There is significant potential for regional cooperation to improve development prospects across South Asia. However, the...

    More >

  • Journey to Jakarta: Australia’s Forgotten First Attempt to Recognise Indonesia

    Journey to Jakarta: Australia’s Forgotten First Attempt to Recognise Indonesia

    2015 brings the 70th anniversary of Australia’s first attempt to recognise Indonesia. Among the least known actions in Australia's diplomatic history is that Canberra was the first foreign capital to send a mission to Jakarta with the...

    More >

  • G’Day Jihad: The Threat Posed by Australians in Syria and Iraq

    G’Day Jihad: The Threat Posed by Australians in Syria and Iraq

    In a week dominated by news about the attack against Charlie Hebdo by three suspected Islamist militants, it is argued that the threat posed by returning jihadists in Australia is a complex and concerning one. 2014 saw major developments...

    More >

  • Tensions between Secularism and Democracy in Turkey and Israel

    Tensions between Secularism and Democracy in Turkey and Israel

    The interaction between the secular and religious realms in Turkey and Israel both enriches and undermines the health of their democracies. Israel Many Israelis casting their vote on 17 March will be paying close attention to the...

    More >

  • Australian Brands Fighting Fakes in China

    Australian Brands Fighting Fakes in China

    Australian brands are ascendant in China, but this newfound success comes with a range of challenges. Australian products carry a prestige in China that may shock ordinary Australians. In prosperous and glittering Shanghai, Australian wine,...

    More >

  • Recognise Palestine

    Recognise Palestine

    How has Sweden's decision and Britain's debate on recognising Palestine affected Israel-Palestine relations?  Newly elected Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvan said in his first address to parliament on 3 October 2014 that his country would...

    More >

  • Confidence Building in the South China Sea

    Confidence Building in the South China Sea

    The sixth International Workshop on the South China Sea provided new insights into confidence building measures that may influence the nature of the dispute.  The sixth International Workshop on the South China Sea held in Da Nang, Vietnam...

    More >

  • Australia’s Shortsighted Antarctica Strategy

    The Federal Government’s 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan does not feature the long-term vision required for a 20-year strategy. In 1959, Australia almost derailed the original negotiation of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) – a...

    More >

  • The Forgotten Crisis: The Central African Republic

    The Forgotten Crisis: The Central African Republic

    A forgotten crisis lurks in the Central African Republic where minimal exposure and delayed action has allowed conflict to escalate.  The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the world’s poorest states, with the UN’s Human Development...

    More >