Analysis


  • Trump’s Ban-Aid Solution

    Trump’s Ban-Aid Solution

    The US administration’s suspension of travel and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries on counter-terrorism grounds sits in judicial limbo. In the wake of the global outcry at its introduction, it is vital for policymakers, analysts and...

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  • Can the UN Cope with a Trump Dystopia?

    Can the UN Cope with a Trump Dystopia?

    The Trump administration has spent the weeks since the inauguration gnawing at the foundations of America's traditional international commitments. Speculation swirls around its next potential move: a significant cut to America's contribution to...

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  • Bishop to Debate Global Goals at G20

    Bishop to Debate Global Goals at G20

    Next week Julie Bishop will join Rex Tillerson, Boris Johnson and other top diplomats in Bonn for the G20 meeting of foreign ministers. The meeting comes ahead of July's G20 leaders summit and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made no secret...

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  • Predicting Australia’s Foreign Policy Future

    Predicting Australia’s Foreign Policy Future

    As the government looks at how to frame Australia's foreign policy for the future, past experience in the international sphere provides a helpful guide. The forthcoming Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade white paper needs to acknowledge the...

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  • A Feminist Foreign Policy?

    A Feminist Foreign Policy?

    Australia has provided the world with laudable examples of women in positions of political power, while simultaneously perpetuating a male-dominated ‘blokey’ culture. To what degree, and how, has the presence of women leaders enabled a gender...

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  • That Phone Call: Trump and Turnbull’s Alliance Challenge

    That Phone Call: Trump and Turnbull’s Alliance Challenge

    The Prime Minister’s Office will be keen to downplay the significance of last weekend’s phone call between Malcolm Turnbull and US President Donald Trump, but both the call and the fact that it leaked in such detail, are extraordinary and...

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  • Rescuing Governor Ahok

    Rescuing Governor Ahok

    In November last year, the Indonesian government was surprised by the scale and fervour of the demonstrations in Jakarta demanding the jailing of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, or Ahok, on spurious charges of blasphemy. The...

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  • Five Eyes as an Economic Alliance?

    Five Eyes as an Economic Alliance?

    It is very easy to focus on the challenges that will be posed by the Trump Administration; there is no doubt they will be significant. Fortunately, times of great change often bring opportunities for reform and progress. The ‘Five Eyes’ security...

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  • Timor-Leste Plays Hardball on Greater Sunrise

    Timor-Leste Plays Hardball on Greater Sunrise

    For nearly two decades the bilateral relationship between Australia and Timor-Leste has been marked by disputed maritime boundary claims in the Timor Sea. Far from a solution, Dili's recent decision to withdraw from the existing treaty is a...

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  • The Soviet Union’s Long Shadow

    The Soviet Union’s Long Shadow

    In the 25 years since the collapse of the USSR, the West’s relations with the largest nation on Earth have once again slowly grown sour. Looking back to the mistakes that spawned today’s Russia may hold the key to explaining and overcoming the...

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