Being a Top 20 Defence Player
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Australian Outlook

Being a Top 20 Defence Player

The Australian Institute of International Affairs ran a high-quality conference in Canberra yesterday around the theme of ‘Foreign Policy for a...

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  • Learning to Act like a Major Power: Australia as a top 20 nation
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    Learning to Act like a Major Power: Australia as a top 20 nation

    Just a few years ago a number of books were released which celebrated an ‘Australia moment’, where the nation was in ‘The Sweet Spot’. Today’s book titles, however, seem to run the other way, with one describing ‘how a great nation lost its way’. So let me therefore commend the ambition of Peter Jennings’ recent... More >
  • The Return of Geopolitics
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    The Return of Geopolitics

    Great powers rise and fall on the tide of history. The transition is not always peaceful and linear, but often jagged with points of friction. As the new and old powers cross each other on the way up and down, they create potential zones of tension that may lead to armed conflict through different pathways.... More >
  • Indonesian President Introduces His “Work Cabinet”
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    Indonesian President Introduces His “Work Cabinet”

    The composition of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s new cabinet suggests that political patronage had a role in the selection of government ministers. After several days of speculation and delay, Jokowi announced the members of his cabinet (named Kabinet Kerja or “Cabinet Work”) on 26 October 2014. A week earlier, on the day of his inauguration, he... More >
  • Australia and UNSC Sanctions: another tool to disrupt foreign terrorist fighters
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    Australia and UNSC Sanctions: another tool to disrupt foreign terrorist fighters

    Australia will rotate off the UN Security Council on 31 December 2014. As previously outlined here, there have been several high-profile political successes during our term, including leading the adoption of resolutions tackling illicit small arms and light weapons, authorising the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Syria, and calling for... More >
  • G20: Coming Full Circle
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    G20: Coming Full Circle

    At the Saint Petersburg 2013 Summit, G20 countries made a number of concrete commitments and turning them into results will be beneficial for the global economy, says Russia’s Ludmila Khudyakova. In the current world economy, the main goals of G20’s Saint Petersburg presidency—boosting economic growth, creating new jobs and financial... More >

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Reading Room

Debating Democratization in Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the most important cases of potential democratisation in the world today. Ruled for...

Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq

Zone of Crisis is a very apt description of what this very informative book is about.  Professor Saikal...

India’s Ocean: The Story of India’s Bid for Regional Leadership

It is fashionable for strategic analysts to claim to understand India’s growing role and the...

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