Fresh Perspectives


  • Australian Maritime Strategy: Ambitions and Lessons

    Australian Maritime Strategy: Ambitions and Lessons

    The 2013 Australian Defence White Paper contains a range of limitations.  The 2013 Australian Defence White Paper makes the following claim about the status of the new amphibious assault ships (LHDs) in contributing to Australia’s amphibious...

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  • Welcome to Australia? The Fraser Government’s Approach to Refugees

    When South Australia’s new governor, Hieu Van Le, first arrived in Australia aboard a small fishing boat in 1977, he and his fellow passengers were apprehensive about the reception they would receive. Having fled Vietnam after the communist...

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  • The Crisis in Ukraine: The Peculiarities of the Russian Perspective

    The Crisis in Ukraine: The Peculiarities of the Russian Perspective

    As the standoff between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels continues in light of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the world remains transfixed on Russia’s relentless role in fuelling secessionist movements in eastern Ukraine. But what are Russia’s...

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  • Innovation in the Anti-Trafficking Movement

    Innovation in the Anti-Trafficking Movement

    One of the greatest challenges for the global anti human trafficking initiative is the lack of effective collaboration and information sharing between anti-trafficking organisations. Addressing this problem, Camille Pesava draws attention to...

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  • Why is Turkey Faltering on its Security Promise?

    Why is Turkey Faltering on its Security Promise?

    Having declared its intention to join the fight against the Islamic State, now advancing in its skirts, Turkey is stalling in taking direct action. Hale Yildiz analyses the reasons behind Ankara's puzzling strategy. As the international...

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  • China-India: Rivals in the 21st Century

    China-India: Rivals in the 21st Century

    China and India have a history of conflict. The recent bi-lateral visit does not change the fact that both India and China see themselves as great powers in the 21st century with conflicting interests. Yet the accumulation of power by both sides...

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  • How to Explain MIKTA

    How to Explain MIKTA

    On the sidelines on the UN General Assembly meetings that commenced Wednesday 24 September, MIKTA states convene once again to discuss burning issues. Hale Yildiz analyses why this newly emerging partnership may be worth taking...

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  • Scotland Votes No

    Scotland Votes No

    55% of Scots have decided that Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom. So is this the end of Scotland’s push to become independent, or was it just a false start? The votes have been tallied and the results are in: the Scots have...

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  • The Islamic State: A Geopolitical Analysis

    The Islamic State: A Geopolitical Analysis

    As the initial shock of the Islamic State (IS) dissipates, Joshua Brown provides insight on where and how these events came to be, and importantly, how this changes western engagement with the region. As an Al-Qaeda affiliate that rose to...

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  • (Lack of) Gender Equality at the G20

    (Lack of) Gender Equality at the G20

    Madeleine Albright’s granddaughter once asked her why people thought she was special by being Secretary of State; she believed that “only women” held that position. Following Albright were Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton –...

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