Fresh Perspectives


  • Dishonourable Disguise: Securitising Moral Issues

    In a world order consumed by ever-changing security issues, the role of securitisation has taken a dangerous form. Political actors have the ability to manipulate the framing of ‘securitisation’ to shape their own agendas. At the end of...

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  • The Hidden History of Chinese International Relations

    The Hidden History of Chinese International Relations

    International relations has long been part of China’s higher education system. Hiding this part of history has proved detrimental to attempts to develop a distinct Chinese international relations theory. Since the early 2000s contemporary...

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  • Indonesia: A Wildcard in a High-Stakes Game

    Indonesia: A Wildcard in a High-Stakes Game

    The Australia-Indonesia relationship has seen a number of incredible developments over the past five months. The Edward Snowden leaks shattered a delicate cooperative arrangement at a time when the Abbott government needed it most. But while...

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  • Minerals, security and aid: what’s going wrong in the DRC?

    Lasting security and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are under threat due to resource exploitation. Long-term peace requires institutional development and strengthening. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a...

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  • Scot Free: the Implications of Scotland’s 2014 Independence Referendum

    Scot Free: the Implications of Scotland’s 2014 Independence Referendum

    Scotland’s independence referendum—pursued by the political elite rather than driven by a grassroots movement—raises questions about the viability of secession. The wait is almost over. The long promised and highly anticipated Scottish...

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  • MAD in South Asia: India-Pakistan rivalry

    The nuclear security nexus between India and Pakistan remains treacherous. Given the inapplicability of Mutual Assured Destruction concepts, an alternative approach to security on the subcontinent is required. The Nuclear Materials...

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  • How untouchable are The Untouchables?

    Increasingly, armed conflict in the 21st century is characterised by the involvement of private military and security companies—which undermine existing frameworks of public international law and global security governance. The Rise of...

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