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Triangulating Australia’s China debate

By Andrew Carr Australia’s discussion of China is less of a debate than two important schools of thought talking past each other. The values school is predominant, especially in government and the media. It...

The Green Deal will make or break Europe

By Mark Leonard European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s ambition to lead a ‘geopolitical commission’ has faced its first big test. European heads of state met last week to discuss her proposed European...

The circularity of land reform in Papua New Guinea

By Colin Filer The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is still searching for ways to achieve its stated goal of ‘mobilising’ large areas of customary land for the purpose of ‘development’ while ‘empowering...

Framing the islands: of maps and minds

By Graeme Dobell The map of Pacific island maritime boundaries is also the image of a paradigm shift. This fundamental change in the understandings and imaginings of the islands was delivered by the UN’s...

Russia’s Second Best Protected City

By Russian Defense Policy S-400 deployments in the 2nd ADD The regiment, likely the 1489th SAM Regiment, has returned to its home base of Vaganovo ENE of StP. It’s supposed to begin combat duty...

Unlocking foreign investment will drive Indonesia’s economy

By Donald Greenlees President Joko Widodo has expressed frustration to his economic advisers in recent months over Indonesia’s failure to attract a ‘fair share’ of the foreign investment dollars going into Southeast Asia. Even...

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Aakriti Bachhawat and Luke Courtois The world As exit polls predict a big victory for the Conservatives in the British general election, read this Washington Post piece that captures the mood...

Which way for Europe on China?

By Carl Bildt Recognising that the European Union is facing a number of vexing challenges on the world stage, Ursula von der Leyen, the new European Commission president, has promised to lead a ‘geopolitical’...

EU and Japan push back against Belt and Road

By Isaac Kfir In September, Japan and the EU launched the EU–Japan Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure, partly in response to escalating tensions between the United States and China over trade. This...

Boosting maritime domain awareness in Southeast Asia

By Peter Chalk Promoting maritime domain awareness has become an increasingly high priority area for many Southeast Asian governments. As a concept, maritime domain awareness essentially refers to gaining a shared picture and understanding...

Boosting maritime domain awareness in Southeast Asia

By Peter Chalk Promoting maritime domain awareness has become an increasingly high priority area for many Southeast Asian governments. As a concept, maritime domain awareness essentially refers to gaining a shared picture and understanding...

Migration-development … without care?

By Matt Withers The relationship between temporary labour migration and economic development is a subject of longstanding academic debate and policy consideration. Migrant workers’ remittances, which this year overtook foreign direct investment (FDI) to...

The Bushmaster: from concept to combat

By Brendan Nicholson When David Nicolson and his fellow soldiers in Combat Team Alpha from the Royal Australian Regiment’s 2nd Battalion served in a remote outpost in Afghanistan’s Mirabad Valley, there was a standing...

National security wrap

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard The beat Calls to reform NSW strip-search rules Using data obtained by the Redfern Legal Centre under freedom of information laws, The Guardian reports that NSW...

US national security and Ukraine: what’s the connection?

By Mike Scrafton Witnesses appearing before the US House of Representatives’ impeachment hearings have regularly connected Russian aggression in Ukraine with US national security. The overwhelming international consensus is that Russia’s annexation of Crimea...