An uneasy ceasefire has come into effect in Syria

Can the new humanitarian ceasefire in Syria hold? Dr Vanessa Newby joined Radio National's Patricia Karvelas to discuss the ceasefire

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Syrian ceasefire

China-US tensions at G20 summit

Dr Benjamin Zala speaks to Beverley O'Connor from the ABC about growing tensions at the G20 summit in China.

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Benjamin Zala

Why research should be a priority in the global response to the child migration crisis

Dr Bina D'Costa talks to UNICEF Innocenti's Rayyan Sabet-Parry about Research Watch's latest theme, Children on the Move

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UNICEF/UNI15402/Holmes: Young women in poor communities in the Mekong Region face very high risk of exploitation in migration

New research examines ‘Children and the Responsibility to Protect’ framework

Dr Luke Glanville and Dr Bina Costa have secured funding through the Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) to develop new research on “Children and the...

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Children and the Responsibility to Protect

ASEAN centrality losing ground

Will the goals of unity and centrality be fulfilled at the upcoming 28th ASEAN Summit, asks Mathew Davies

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US President Barack Obama arrives for a news conference at the close of the ASEAN summit February, 2016  (Photo: Reuters)

The study and teaching of International Relations is at a crossroads within and beyond Australia. The old ingredients of international order, settled liberal norms, and the overarching framework of American power are today contested as rising powers seek to create their own place in the global and regional order, and as existing powers face a range of internal and external challenges.

The Department of International Relations, the first of its kind in Australia, is a world-leading centre of the study of the challenges, opportunities, and processes that emerge from these momentous changes. Since our foundation in 1949, we have approached the challenge of thinking about global and regional affairs with a combination of academic rigour and ethical awareness. Today, the Department follows in the footsteps of the discipline-leading men and women who have worked here in the past and upon whose inheritance we continue to build. The quality of our academic research has been consistently recognised in various global and national rankings – along with colleagues from across the ANU, we have received a QS ranking for ANU’s Politics and International Studies discipline as sixth in the world and a score of 5 in the most recent ERA. Read further

Dr Mathew Davies, Head of Department

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Benjamin Zala

Ben is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations. His work focuses on the politics of the great powers, international security issues, and International Relations theory.

Ben has...

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Stuart Harris

Stuart Harris

I have continued research on China’s foreign policy, its relationship with the US and the region and on regional responses to globalisation, with particular emphasis on China and Northeast Asia. Other areas of...

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Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations, Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University. He teaches courses on Chinese foreign...

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Cecilia Jacob

Cecilia is interested in the practice, politics and ethics of security. Her research interests come from over a decade of travelling, researching and working in the fields of security and development in Europe,...

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Mathew Davies

My current research examines the intersection of regional order building, human rights and governance in Southeast Asia, paying particular regard to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To study this...

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