Good International Citizenship and Military Intervention in Syria
Analysis

Australian Outlook

Good International Citizenship and Military Intervention in Syria

There is, in my judgement, one very good reason for expanding our present military operations into Syria, which is sufficient to justify it, and...

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  • Trade with China and the National Interest
    Analysis

    Trade with China and the National Interest

    Trade policy is usually the eye-glazing preserve of policy wonks and public officials. Suddenly, however, it’s the epicentre of a debate that tells us much about the difficulties facing political parties as they try to reconcile potentially competing domestic and international interests. Neither of the main political parties in Australia is... More >
  • Taiwan’s 2016 Elections May Herald a New Era in Relations with China
    Fresh Perspectives

    Taiwan’s 2016 Elections May Herald a New Era in Relations with China

    Despite Taiwan’s relatively small population of 23 million compared to its enormous neighbour, the impacts of its elections next year could signal a change in China’s behaviour within the region. The island’s highly anticipated presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for 16 January 2016. Shifts in Taiwan-China relations are highly... More >
  • Once Again, Australians Are Fighting in the Middle East. Why?
    Issues Brief

    Once Again, Australians Are Fighting in the Middle East. Why?

    Over the next few weeks, the Australian Government is expected to announce an expanded air war against Islamic State in Syria, following a US request. Australia’s six strike aircraft and support planes already operate in Iraq, at the Iraqi government’s invitation, but Syria has not issued the same invitation. It’s another complication in an... More >
  • Can Australia Learn From Canada?
    Analysis

    Can Australia Learn From Canada?

    A highly developed economy is readying itself for an upcoming tight election, an economic slowdown with talk of a recession growing louder, nervousness over a declining dollar, and concern over the impact of freer global markets on key economic and political constituencies. It is mineral rich, and increasingly focused on developing its... More >
  • It’s the End of the World As We Know It…Again
    Analysis

    It’s the End of the World As We Know It…Again

    This week’s sharemarket Black Monday saw history repeat. It suggests that asset-price bubbles are a feature of the system and demonstrates the difficulty of stable growth. On “Black Monday” October 19, 1987, the US stock market crashed, losing over 500 points and 22% of its value in a single day. At around the same time,... More >

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Reading Room

Yangtze Showdown: China and the Ordeal of HMS Amethyst

I thought the famous incident of HMS Amethyst in the Chinese Civil War had been exhaustively covered but...

Australia’s Defence: Towards A New Era?

Reviewing an edited book is a unique challenge as it involves critiquing the work not of one scholar but...

American Ambassadors, The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Diplomats

The author is a former American diplomat who has written a useful technical book on his guild. Written at...

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