The Yemen raid and the ghost of Anwar al-Awlaki

The aftermath of raids in once-forgotten corners of the world will be leveraged by actors for their own political purposes, writes Haroro J. Ingram and Craig...

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Image source: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

ANU ranked in the top 10 international universities

The ANU has been named in the top 10 of the world's most international universities. The 2017 Times Higher Education international universities rankings has...

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Trump and strategic change in Asia

Dr William Tow argues that President Trump’s ‘America first’ posture does not necessarily mean ‘Asia last’

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Walking the Blue Line: Lebanon’s Security Sector Reform

Following civil war, re-establishing the legitimacy of a state’s army is a crucial part of security sector reform, writes Vanessa Newby

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UNIFIL Peacekeeper patrols Blue Line. Source: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe @ Flickr.com

The TPP is Over. What Happens Now?

Donald Trump has committed to withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership immediately upon assuming office, writes Dr Mathew Davies

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Image: Gage Skidmore @ Flickr.com

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

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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. His work focuses on the politics of the great powers, international security issues, and International Relations theory.

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William T. Tow

Previously Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland and at Griffith University, and an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC),...

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

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Vanessa Newby

Vanessa Newby’s current research focus is peacebuilding and peacekeeping in the Middle East. Vanessa has published on the normalisation of peace through everyday security practices, the role of time in...

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Dr Cecilia Jacob is a Research Fellow and the Director of Studies for the Department of International Relations here at the Coral Bell School. Cecilia is interested in the practice, politics and ethics of security....

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