Why Turnbull's Asian summit trip was a missed opportunity

Malcolm Turnbull's efforts at APEC and the East Asia Summit went some way towards achieving three foreign policy aims, but failed at a potential fourth, writes...

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Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, and Malcolm Turnbull

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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Image: 18th National Congress of the CCP, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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

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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Joseph MacKay

Joseph MacKay

Joseph MacKay is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations. His research focuses on historical manifestations of international hierarchies, at both the micro and macro levels, as well as on a...

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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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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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