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Poor governance in the Pacific: the forgotten issue

By Stephen Howes There was a time when the Australia lectured the Pacific. John Howard said in 2004 that Australia had a “special responsibility” to help the Pacific but that we sought “reforms and...

National security wrap

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard The beat Australia’s new security college in the Pacific Ahead of this week’s Pacific Islands Forum meeting, the Australian government announced plans to set up an...

Tilting at more than windmills in South Asia

By Richard N. Haass ‘Tilt’ is a word with a history in South Asia. Nearly half a century ago, Pakistan’s government brutally repressed its citizens in the eastern part of the country. Millions of...

The Australian Defence Force and contested space

By Malcolm Davis What might warfare in space look like and what should the Australian Defence Force be doing to prepare? That’s the subject of my new ASPI strategy paper, which examines how the...

The month in women, peace and security: July 2019

By Mali Walker and Genevieve Feely Gender inequality persists in international relations and national security The Lowy Institute has released a comprehensive study of women in Australia’s international relations sector, revealing ‘severe gender imbalances...

Democracies in danger

By Ngaire Woods By abruptly revoking the special, constitutionally protected status of Jammu and Kashmir, India has become the latest major democracy to act against a minority community for short-term political popularity. Kashmir will...

If the mandate of heaven is withdrawn

By Mike Scrafton The strategic risks for Australia are large in a post-CCP China. China’s domestic regime operates in ways that are repugnant to Western conceptions of democratic and human rights, and the Chinese...

Does Chinese aid make Australians more generous?

By Terence Wood, Chris Hoy and Jonathan Pryke China giving aid to the Pacific isn’t new, but in recent years ‘China the aid donor’ has become an unavoidable presence. In response, the Australian government...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state China’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ni Jian, has said that China is considering using its navy to help escort its commercial vessels...

China must not repeat Tiananmen in Hong Kong

By Minxin Pei The crisis in Hong Kong appears to be careening towards a devastating climax. With China’s government now using rhetoric reminiscent of that which preceded the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989,...

The digital divide between and within countries

By Amanda H A Watson and Kyung Ryul Park As you glance at the latest alert on your smartphone, do you pause to consider the varying levels of access to such technology around the...

Lessons for Australia in US Marines’ new guidance

By Euan Graham The planning guidance issued by the new US Marine Corps commandant, General David Berger, is unusually forward-leaning and well written by the standards of most military doctrine. It has received a...

Why ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific outlook matters

By Amitav Acharya After more than a year of deliberation, ASEAN adopted the ‘ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific’ on 23 June. The outlook then got an airing at the ASEAN Regional Forum meetings in...

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