Fresh Perspectives


  • Bhutan: A Case Study of Narendra Modi’s Foreign Policy

    Bhutan: A Case Study of Narendra Modi’s Foreign Policy

    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...

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  • The Great Red Dragon and the Lightning Storm: China’s Increasing Pressure on Fringe Religious Groups

    The Great Red Dragon and the Lightning Storm: China’s Increasing Pressure on Fringe Religious Groups

    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,...

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  • Australia-Indonesia Relations and a New Indonesian Leader

    Australia-Indonesia Relations and a New Indonesian Leader

    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...

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  • Recentralisation of Power In Indonesia

    Recentralisation of Power In Indonesia

    As Indonesians go to the poll today some commentators have extensively criticised presidential candidate Prabowo Subianato, even comparing him to Indonesia’s long-standing dictator, Soeharto. Comments made by Indonesia’s presidential...

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  • A Regional Security Hotspot in the South China Sea

    A Regional Security Hotspot in the South China Sea

    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...

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  • Offensive Cyber Capability: Why not?

    Offensive Cyber Capability: Why not?

    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...

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  • Victory and Doubt: What Narendra Modi Means for Indian Diversity

    Victory and Doubt: What Narendra Modi Means for Indian Diversity

    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...

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  • Everyone Wants the World Cup – Except Brazilians

    Everyone Wants the World Cup – Except Brazilians

    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,...

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  • Our Anzacs and Child Soldiers

    Our Anzacs and Child Soldiers

    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...

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  • QE: Outsourcing Responsibility

    QE: Outsourcing Responsibility

    In the context of the global financial crisis central banks have successfully taken on larger responsibilities deploying unconventional tools to stabilise markets and pump money into the economy. Perhaps they should do more. Quantitative...

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