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  • Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 1945-1974

    Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 1945-1974

    On retirement in 1998, I was given almost unreserved access by Foreign Affairs and Trade to a rich archive of documents on Australian nuclear policies. The result was my book Fact or Fission – the truth about Australia’s nuclear ambitions...

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  • Re-imagining India and Australia: Culture and Identity

    Re-imagining India and Australia: Culture and Identity

    Today, trade, educational and developmental aid and maritime security are driving forces in Australian-Indian bilateral relations. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has flagged reinvestment in cultural diplomacy and people-to-people...

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  • Married to the Department

    Married to the Department

    The notorious telegram of 1945 which peremptorily ordered young Australian diplomat Patrick Shaw to a third post in as many years, saying ‘wife and baggage to follow’, has long since vanished from the files of the Department of Foreign Affairs....

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  • Wrestling with Asia: A Memoir

    Wrestling with Asia: A Memoir

    Feared, admired and often lampooned, Bartholomew Augustine Santamaria was a powerful figure in Australian political and intellectual circles from the 1930s until his death in 1998. As a conservative Catholic activist, he led the fight against...

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  • India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: The Perennial Outlier

    India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: The Perennial Outlier

    As C. Raja Mohan observes in the preface to this book, India has had many ‘atomic avatars’: it has been a champion of non-proliferation (and indeed disarmament), a catalyst for an emerging regime, then a contrarian and a challenger and, finally,...

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  • Waiting ‘Round the Bend: Recollections of Childhood and a Life in Australia’s Foreign Service

    Waiting ‘Round the Bend: Recollections of Childhood and a Life in Australia’s Foreign Service

    Books about international relations are written from a variety of levels and perspectives: while some are narrated from the lofty heights of policy-making and negotiations, others reveal more of the human side of diplomacy. Drawn from tenure of...

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  • Transforming South Asia: Imperatives for Action

    Transforming South Asia: Imperatives for Action

    South Asia is certainly in need of transformation. Riven by border disputes, home to two nuclear powers (with a third on its doorstep), riddled with chronic low intensity conflicts, in economic terms poor and poorly-integrated, as well as...

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  • Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World

    Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World

    When the Grand Master states “human beings…are inherently vicious” and “power politics in Asia is as old as the first tribes” one hopes he has some remedies available. Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) offers his perspective on the future trajectories of...

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  • Years of Resistance: The Mandate of Émile Lahood, the Former President of Lebanon

    Years of Resistance: The Mandate of Émile Lahood, the Former President of Lebanon

    This book illuminates the persona of Émile Lahood as both a President and a man who shaped Lebanon’s struggle for liberation from Syrian and Israeli occupations. Karim Pakradouni engages with extensive archival material and his years of meeting...

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  • Foreign Policy Begins at Home

    Foreign Policy Begins at Home

    Richard Haass describes himself as a “card-carrying member of the foreign policy establishment”. It would be hard to disagree. He is president of the mighty Council on Foreign Relations and has served as principal advisor to Colin Powell and...

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