Ukraine and Nukes
by Professor Ramesh Thakur
Rumours of the death of the nuclear disarmament cause from Ukraine is much exaggerated. Ukraine could still have been invaded and its history...Read More
South Sudan: Humanitarian Situation CriticalAs the rainy season approaches in South Sudan and fighting continues unabated in different parts of the country, humanitarian needs are ever-increasing. It has been four months since the beginning of the conflict and hundreds of thousands of people remain displaced. Tens of thousands are in need of medical care. The ICRC delegation in South... More >
by Leonard Blazeby
The Great Indian ElectionDemocracy was deemed unlikely for India as the country’s grinding poverty and the diversity of its ethnic, religious, caste and linguistic identities were thought to be insurmountable obstacles. Yet nearly seven decades later, flanked by unstable countries in its immediate neighbourhood, a system of parliamentary democracy thrives in... More >
by The Australia India Institute
Issues BriefPresident Barack Obama’s swing through Asia (but no stop in China) is already attracting considerable comment, some of it adverse. Remember that last week in Issues Brief a panel from the US Studies Centre argued that prime minister Tony Abbott had set the right tone with engaging Asia. The stakes are high, and the New... More >
by Colin Chapman
Mixing with the MIKTAsThis week Australia participated in the second meeting of MIKTA, an informal grouping of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia. MIKTA emerged as a new vehicle for cooperation on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. Will it become middle powers’ answer to the BRICS? This second gathering in... More >
by Melissa Conley Tyler and Doris McDonald-Seaton
Diary of a Foreign MinisterBob Carr took on the job of Australian foreign minister believing, as he doesn’t hesitate to tell us in his Diary of a Foreign Minister, that it was highly unlikely that he would be there for very long. And although he doesn’t put this in quite so many words, it is clear that he approached... More >
by The Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FAIIA
How does one go from being a transnational recruiter for the world’s largest Islamist organisation,...
On retirement in 1998, I was given almost unreserved access by Foreign Affairs and Trade to a rich...
Today, trade, educational and developmental aid and maritime security are driving forces in...