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ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Jack Norton and Malcolm Davis The world Australian student Alek Sigley is reported to have been detained in North Korea. The news came just hours before Prime Minister Scott Morrison sat...

China and the geopolitics of the Pacific islands

By Joanne Wallis Australian debates about the geopolitics of the Pacific islands in many ways represent the broad contours of discussions about Australia’s foreign and strategic policy, notably our relations with China. It’s possible...

Australia’s strategic symmetries

By Malcolm Cook Australia’s first foreign and trade policy white paper in 1997 was titled ‘In the national interest’ and its successor in 2003 was titled ‘Advancing the national interest’. The 2017 white paper...

Tiny Tonga’s SWP success

By Richard Curtain and Stephen Howes Pacific observers often ask why Tonga has been so successful in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), despite the country’s small population (105,000), and its remoteness requiring costly travel...

Tiny Tonga’s SWP success

By Richard Curtain and Stephen Howes Pacific observers often ask why Tonga has been so successful in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), despite the country’s small population (105,000), and its remoteness requiring costly travel...

Pressure builds on Huawei (part 2)

By Rick Umback The Trump administration’s moves against Huawei could not have come at a more critical time. They appear calculated for maximum impact on the policy decisions soon to be made on European...

Yasmin Afina

By nick.capeling Research Assistant, International Security Department Biography Yasmin Afina joined Chatham House as Research Assistant for the International Security Department in April 2019. She formerly worked for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament...

National security wrap

By Genevieve Feely, Rhys De Wilde, Mali Walker and Luke Courtois The beat Samoa left without a police patrol boat As Australia prepares to deliver police patrol boat Nafanua II to Samoa in September,...

What the end of Chimerica means for Europe

By Mark Leonard The escalating rivalry between China and the United States is ushering in a bipolar world. While the past few decades have been defined mostly by cooperation among the world’s leading powers,...

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