Has Shinzo Abe left a lasting legacy?

Departing at a crucial time, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister leaves much unfinished business

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Shinzo Abe

Our experts awarded grant for podcast series

Dr. Kerryn Baker and Dr. Maria Tanyag awarded a 2020 ANU Gender Institute grant to develop a 5-part podcast series on the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in the...

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Meet Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert!

Meet Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert!

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Reflections from Professor Bina D’Costa of her time at UNICEF

Professor Bina D’Costa joined The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) at the height of the Syrian refugee emergency in Europe, before returning to teach at...

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Professor Bina D'Costa

Humanitarian Negotiation With Armed Groups

Humanitarians operate on the frontlines of today's armed conflicts, where they regularly negotiate to provide assistance and to protect vulnerable civilians....

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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 Politics and International Studies discipline as eight 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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The Department of International Relations is a world leader in teaching International Relations, whether at the doctoral, masters, or undergraduate level.

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Benjamin Zala

Benjamin Zala

Ben is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations whose work focuses on the politics of the great powers, nuclear weapons, and International Relations theory. He has published on issues of global...

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Dr Claire Benn

Claire Benn

Dr Claire Benn received her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Having completed a fellowship at The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, she is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the...

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Bina D'Costa

Bina D'Costa

Bina is Professor in the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School. She is also CAP Associate Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access.

At the height of Europe’s refugee...

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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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Nicolas Lemay-Hébert

Nicolas is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations, and the Department’s Director of Research. He graduated with his PhD in international relations from Sciences Po Paris (Institute for Political...

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