Should Shinzo Abe happen to meet Kim Jong-un

If Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not come to the table with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and attempt to resolve the abduction problem once again, he will...

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a leadership challenge in September, and his approval ratings are in a slump. Xinhua

2017- A Year in Review: Coral Bell School

The aspirations and approach of Bell School show a strong focus on research excellence, collegiality, award-winning teaching, and consistent policy impact and...

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Nuclear Deterrence at Risk

Taking up a year-long research fellowship at Harvard University in August, Dr Ben Zala will be looking for cracks in US nuclear deterrence strategies.

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Nuclear deterrence

Writing Reaction into Theory

International Relations Theory has tended to overlook political reaction, prompting Dr Joseph MacKay to ask why in a recent landmark journal article.

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Make America Great Again

Australia and the Korean Crisis: Confronting the limits of influence?

In this op-ed for the Australian Financial Review, O'Neil, Taylor and Tow explore Australia's position in the upcoming summits on the Korean Peninsula.

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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’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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Bina D'Costa

Bina D'Costa

Bina D’Costa focuses on human rights, justice and security issues in South Asia. At the ANU she was previously a Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Justice at RegNet (2008-10) and Convener of the...

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Feng Zhang is a Fellow and HDR Coordinator in the Department of International Relations. He teaches courses on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. His research focuses on Chinese foreign...

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Jeremy Youde

Jeremy’s research focuses on questions of global health governance and global health politics. He is the author of three books and co-editor of two recently edited volumes. He has published more than 30 peer-...

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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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Benjamin Zala

Ben is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations. He will take up a ten-month Stanton Nuclear Security fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University,...

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