Megaevents, Sports Diplomacy and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
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Megaevents, Sports Diplomacy and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup

The 2015 Asian Cup presents tremendous opportunities in the field of sport diplomacy. International sporting tournaments (or megaevents, as...

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  • Falling Fossil Fuel Prices Create a Climate Change Opportunity
    Analysis

    Falling Fossil Fuel Prices Create a Climate Change Opportunity

    The recent and sharp fall in fossil fuel prices, thanks to new extractive techniques, will not last forever. It is high time to think about its threats and the opportunities. In the short term, lower fossil fuel prices are terrible news for autocrats and kleptocrats whose survival depends on the resource rents created by higher... More >
  • A Tale of Two National Holidays
    Analysis

    A Tale of Two National Holidays

    While 26 January is an important national holiday in both India and Australia, the events and conversations marking this year’s occasions could not have been more different.  For an Australian of Indian origin, 26 January is a double holiday, celebrated as important national occasions in both countries. The contrast could hardly have... More >
  • Understanding ANZUS: Unpacking Australia’s Treaty Commitments
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    Understanding ANZUS: Unpacking Australia’s Treaty Commitments

    ANZUS is a trade off with some unexpected obligations. Recent polling suggests that support for Australia’s US alliance remains strong but the public expects Canberra to remain neutral should Australia’s ally enter into war over the dispute in the East China Sea. Leading political figures and commentators alike argue it is in... More >
  • Dispatches on Diplomacy – Ruminations on Reporting and Prediction
    Analysis

    Dispatches on Diplomacy – Ruminations on Reporting and Prediction

    While reports from diplomats comprise an important basis for policy formulation, it is wise to consider who reads their documents, and what they do with this information. Throughout their tenure, diplomats may be seeking to engage on very different tasks. Diplomatic posts can have very different priorities and emphases at different times.... More >
  • Threat or Paranoia: Australia-Japan Relations in a Changing Asia
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    Threat or Paranoia: Australia-Japan Relations in a Changing Asia

    Deepening ties between Australia and Japan do not operate in a vacuum. They instead influence relationships in the region particularly with China.  Australia-Japan relations are at a high. The personal engagement of Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe is trickling down into increased defence and security co-operation between these two nations. Both... More >

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