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  • Clearing the Hurdles on the Road from Paris
    Analysis

    Clearing the Hurdles on the Road from Paris

    The recent signing of the Paris Agreement by a record 175 countries on 22 April is significant. While this is a groundbreaking accord, it remains to be seen how successful it will be at holding states accountable.  When the Paris Agreement was gavelled through on 12 December 2015, euphoria erupted. Yet this was less an... More >
  • PNG Court Decision Forces Australia to Act on Manus Island Detainees
    Analysis

    PNG Court Decision Forces Australia to Act on Manus Island Detainees

    Papua New Guinea’s recent Supreme Court ruling that the Manus Island Detention Centre is unconstitutional and illegal will have profound implications for Australia’s relationship with its closest neighbour, as well as for its offshore processing regime.  A five-judge panel of Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has held unanimously that the... More >
  • Our Next Generation Submarines: La Victoire DCNS
    Analysis

    Our Next Generation Submarines: La Victoire DCNS

    The decision to select French company DCNS to partner on Australia’s next generation submarines will likely deliver world-class capabilities, but will also have implications for Australia’s relations with the unsuccessful bidders.  We now have some answers about the project that will eventually deliver our next generation submarines. The... More >
  • Islam and Violent Jihad: Western Policy Responses
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    Islam and Violent Jihad: Western Policy Responses

    Given the activities of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the ongoing threat from al-Qa’ida and other groups, the issue of Islamic extremism continues to pose a formidable challenge to the security of both the Middle East and outside powers. However, the response of local and Western powers to date has been militarily limited... More >
  • Decency and Diplomacy: the Myth of National Interest
    Analysis

    Decency and Diplomacy: the Myth of National Interest

    It is relatively easy to think of examples where states have acted immorally. It’s less clear, however, if those states were indeed acting in the national interest.  Are states motivated by the national interest? It may seem unbelievable, but there are cases where states have acted largely out of moral considerations, and not out of... More >

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Reading Room

Being Political: Leadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands

Few books on Pacific Islands politics cover the entire region. Fewer still set their arguments firmly in...

Examining Japan’s Lost Decades

If anyone is the master of mega-trend analysis on Japan, it is Yoichi Funabashi, former editor-in-chief...

A Right to Flee

A Right to Flee by Phil Orchard is a scholarly, well-researched, historically detailed and carefully...

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