Bhutan: A Case Study of Narendra Modi’s Foreign Policy
By Abhismita Sen
Unlike his predecessor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been paying increased attention to India’s neighbour Bhutan which, despite not being a very strong ally, could be crucial for Modi’s regional strategy. Modi chose to visit Bhutan as his...
The Great Red Dragon and the Lightning Storm: China’s Increasing Pressure on Fringe Religious Groups
By Katherine Gordon
Rather than making them go away, China’s crackdown on fringe religious groups like Eastern Lightning is making them more determined. The Chinese Government’s ongoing attempts to silence the dissident voices of its Uighur Muslim minority,...
Australia-Indonesia Relations and a New Indonesian Leader
By Patricia Dias
As we await official results of yesterday’s Indonesian election, it is worth reflecting on whether Australia is likely to share the same relationship it once held with incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) with the new Indonesian...
A Regional Security Hotspot in the South China Sea
By Julia Luong Dinh
Mounting tensions between Vietnam and China show that the South China Sea continues to be a security hotspot following China’s renewed assertiveness in the region. The provocative placement of the HYSY-981 oil-drilling rig in contested waters...
Offensive Cyber Capability: Why not?
By Patrick Hill
Over the long-term the benefits for Australia developing an offensive cyber capability outweigh the costs. Australia should develop the capacity to utilise technological means to achieve the same purpose as it acquires traditional military...
Victory and Doubt: What Narendra Modi Means for Indian Diversity
By Kimberley Layton
30 years after the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 communal violence continues to be an issue in India. This week marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, the storming of the Sikh holy shrine the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab on 3-8...
Everyone Wants the World Cup – Except Brazilians
By Dominic Meoli
As the most-watched tournament in the world begins, domestic tensions have cast doubts on whether Brazil will be able to stage a peaceful World Cup. Usually the host nations of international sporting competitions - be they the Olympics,...
Our Anzacs and Child Soldiers
By Mhairi Cowden
Around Australia we are commemorating the Centenary of Anzac, but on June 4 we will also be commemorating the International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression. A story of an Anzac child solider invites us to reflect on the role children...