Reading Room


  • Reading Room: Russia’s Far East

    Reading Room: Russia’s Far East

    When most of us think of Russia we think of Moscow, St Petersburg, Crimea and the like;  few think of Russia's Far East and we may only recall that Russia is a Pacific nation when the news reports that Russia is flying military aircraft close to...

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  • Thai Politics: Between Democracy and its Discontents

    Thai Politics: Between Democracy and its Discontents

    After two coups, a decade of political strife and this week's referendum vote in favour of further military involvement in government, Thai politics deserves serious analysis, grounded in facts and marked by rich cultural interpretation. In this...

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  • Eyewitness to Early Reform in Myanmar

    Eyewitness to Early Reform in Myanmar

    Australia has a strong tradition of diplomatic memoirs. Many former ambassadors and other officials have recorded their experiences and impressions of international events. The National Library of Australia (NLA) holds the private papers of...

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  • Managing Global Health Security

    Managing Global Health Security

    While significant technological advances have been made in biomedical science since the end of the past century, we are still far from the prospect of a future free from health threats. Since the beginning of this century, we have witnessed...

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  • Child Security in Asia: The impact of armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar

    Child Security in Asia: The impact of armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar

    As Hillary Clinton graces the news daily during the presidential campaign, I am reminded of the words she wrote in 1973 that children’s rights are a ‘slogan in search of a definition’. At the time she was still Hillary Rodham and Bill, serving...

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  • Iran at the Crossroads

    Iran at the Crossroads

    Professor Amin Saikal's most recent book, Iran at the Crossroads, is a concise, informative and very readable book. It is strongly recommended for anyone seeking to understand the domestic and international factors that shaped Iran's...

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  • The Growing Power of Japan

    The Growing Power of Japan

    Hugh Cortazzi's book has received glowing reviews including from Sir David Warren for the Japan Society and Arthur Stockwin for the Japan Forum. The book concentrates on diplomatic dispatches from 1967-72. Dispatches may have lost their unique...

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  • Review: Reagan and Pinochet

    Review: Reagan and Pinochet

    The role and influence of the US in Chilean politics over the last 30 years of the 20th century is a fraught and complicated terrain, deeply complicated by the ideological convictions of those taking up the subject. Was Chile simply a plaything...

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  • America Inc.?

    America Inc.?

    In December 2015 new Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised to drive an "ideas boom" with his Innovation Statement outlaying $1.1 billion for research and development. It is therefore timely that we can reflect on Linda...

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  • The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy

    The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy

    This pithy and readable book examines India’s responses to China’s increasingly assertive approaches to its neighbours and to the US pivot to the Asia-Pacific, signaled by Barack Obama in late 2011. Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi argue that...

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