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...
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...
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...
G’Day Jihad: The Threat Posed by Australians in Syria and Iraq
By Joseph Power
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...
Tensions between Secularism and Democracy in Turkey and Israel
By Artemis Niaros
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...
Australian Brands Fighting Fakes in China
By Liam Blackford
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,...
Confidence Building in the South China Sea
By Julia Luong Dinh
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...
Australia’s Shortsighted Antarctica Strategy
By Thom Dixon
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...
The Forgotten Crisis: The Central African Republic
By Aydon Edwards
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...