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George H.W. Bush: the quintessential realist

By Tom Switzer The death of George H.W. Bush has inspired high praise from across the international political spectrum. This is largely because America’s 41st president (1989–1993) was almost above politics as we know...

The world George H.W. Bush made

By Richard N. Haass I have worked for four US presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike, and perhaps the most important thing I have learned along the way is that little of what we call...

The gender diplomacy trap and the security race

By Michelle Nayahamui Rooney Manus Island in Papua New Guinea has again been cast into the international spotlight as the geopolitical contest for power intensifies. During the 2018 APEC meeting, China’s growing interest showed...

One dinner won’t fix the US–China relationship

By Peter Jennings Too much expectation is being loaded on the prospect that one dinner in Buenos Aires between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping will solve the many differences in...

The purposes of the Pacific pivot

By Graeme Dobell In the South Pacific, Australia confronts the law of untended purposes. The law states that if you don’t tend to your policy and political purposes, stuff goes off course and the...

Investigating The Kerch Strait Incident

By Michael Cruickshank On the 25th of November, Ukraine and Russia were involved in one of the most serious confrontations of the almost 5-year long conflict between the two countries. Russian Navy vessels first...

ASPI suggests

By Jacqueline Westermann, Malcolm Davis and James Brorson The world Following the run-in between the Russian and Ukrainian navies in the Strait of Kerch, the stark escalation of tensions between Moscow and Kyiv is...

2018 Fiji elections: the real losses and wins

By Jope Tarai The 2018 Fiji elections were finally concluded with the official results announced on November 18. FijiFirst will form Government with 27 seats in the 51-seat parliament, and the Social Democratic Liberal...

The terror–cyber–crime nexus and terrorists’ innovation

By Isaac Kfir Despite herculean efforts, countering terrorist financing has proven to be hard. The reasons for that include the complexity of the international financial system, some states’ reluctance to enforce existing measures, and...

The Quad as a caucus for cooperation

By Akiko Fukushima Whenever a ‘minilateral’ is launched, its exclusive membership is questioned. The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue among Australia, India, Japan and the United States has suffered from that fate. When it was about...

Introducing integrated e-government in Australia

By Fergus Hanson During the initial wave of digital-transformation efforts, Australia developed an international reputation as an early leader. That peaked in around 1999. While the different tiers of government (local, state and federal)...

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