ANU graduates among the world’s most employable

For the fifth consecutive year, ANU was rated number one in Australia in the Times Higher Education, Global University Employability Ranking.

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An unfolding humanitarian emergency

The closure of the immigration detention facility on Manus Island has left hundreds of people without basic shelter needs, writes Dr Alister Wedderburn

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Striving for power: Chinese foreign policy in Xi Jinping's 'new era'

Dr Feng Zhang asks what President Xi Jinping's new authority means for Chinese foreign policy during his second term and beyond

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Who will be the adult in the room on North Korea?

Someone needs to end Donald Trump's and Kim Jong-un's outrageous folly. But who?

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President Trump and President Xi

Widening definitions of terrorism threaten press freedom, warns Peter Greste

Journalist Peter Greste has spoken out against limitations to journalistic freedoms imposed by new anti-terror laws during a recent event at the ANU.

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Peter Greste

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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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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Ellen Ravndal

Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Lund University, Ellen joined the Department of International Relations as a Research Fellow in July 2017.

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Peter Van Ness

Peter Van Ness is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International Relations. He is a specialist on Chinese foreign policy and US relations with China. He has published books on Chinese support for revolution...

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Feng Zhang is a Fellow and HDR Coordinator 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...

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Alister Wedderburn

Alister joined the Department in October 2017 as the John Vincent Postdoctoral Fellow. He received an MA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2008, and another from the Department of War Studies...

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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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