The Spectre of Iraq Haunts Republicans
Analysis

Australian Outlook

The Spectre of Iraq Haunts Republicans

The race for the White House is a lop-sided affair, with 16 Republican candidates facing Hilary Clinton and four other Democrats. Tom Switzer...

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  • Worldwide Displacement at Record Highs
    Fresh Perspectives

    Worldwide Displacement at Record Highs

    2015 was a record year for forcibly displaced humans. Today there are almost 60 million people seeking a new home, almost three times the population of Australia. The UN Refugee Centre’s (UNHCR) annual Global Trends report, released on 18 June 2015, deemed 2014 as a record year for the most number of forcibly displaced humans.... More >
  • Time For the Middle Powers to Step Up
    Analysis

    Time For the Middle Powers to Step Up

    The characteristic method of middle power diplomacy is coalition building with like-minded countries, and there is plenty of scope for middle power diplomacy in the Asia Pacific to advance regional security objectives. Leadership is one of those things about which it’s sometimes wise to be careful what you wish for. In the context of Asia... More >
  • Myanmar Elections: A Turning Point for Reform?
    Analysis

    Myanmar Elections: A Turning Point for Reform?

    Myanmar’s general elections have now been set for 8 November 2015, representing an important turning point for change and reform in this poor and under-developed country. The 2015 election will be for 330 seats in the Lower House, 168 seats in the Upper House, and 644 seats in 14 regional assemblies, plus 29 seats reserved... More >
  • The Start Of China’s Equity Market Journey
    Analysis

    The Start Of China’s Equity Market Journey

    The past few weeks much attention has been paid to the machinations of the Chinese stock market. But it seems likely that there is a long term political strategy in play. Twenty Five years ago, which was almost yesterday, it was considered somewhat offensive and borderline antagonistic to hand a Chinese businessperson a business card,... More >
  • Can Bronwyn Bishop Learn Anything from the UK Expenses Scandal?
    Analysis

    Can Bronwyn Bishop Learn Anything from the UK Expenses Scandal?

    As the furore over Australian Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s helicopter ride has developed into a wider inspection of politicians’ entitlements, there may be lessons for Australia from the 2009 UK MP expenses scandal. The recent revelations about Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s expenses claims have caused something of a furore in Australian... More >

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Reading Room

Australia and India: Mapping the Journey 1944-2014

Historian of Australian foreign policy and India expert, Meg Gurry provides an engaging account of the...

Out of the Mountains – The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

David Kilcullen’s third book, ‘Out of the Mountains – The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla’ adds...

North Korea: State of Paranoia

Scholarship on North Korea tends to be done, mostly, by seasoned journalists and members of the...

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