Performing Unity: The symbol and ritual of ASEAN

In his latest book project, Mathew Davies argues that, at its core, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is really just one big performance.

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Dr Mathew Davies

Comic Relief: Unpacking the politics of pop culture

In his newly designed course for international relations students, Alister Wedderburn is bringing culture back to the fore.

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Alister Wedderburn

The provocation of laughter and the practice of resistance: On humour and the politics of subjectivity

Join us for Dr Alister Wedderburn's seminar on Friday 23 February when he'll argue that a focus on comic practices might offer unusual perspectives

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Image: Horst Rosenthal, Mickey au Camp de Gurs (1942), Centre de Juive Contemporaine, Paris

Australia-Japan defence deal: Noteworthy, not newsworthy

Don't hold the front page! Japan and Australia adopt a 'strategic holding pattern', writes Dr David Envall

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Shinzo Abe and Malcolm Turnbull January 2018 (Photo: Shinzo Abe/Twitter)

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

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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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, nuclear weapons, and International Relations theory.

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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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Abidah Setyowati

Abidah Setyowati

Abidah Setyowati is a human geographer with a specialisation in political ecology. Her research interests focus broadly on critical climate change studies, neoliberal environments, natural resources and climate...

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David Envall

David Envall

David is a fellow (senior lecturer) in the Department of International Relations. In addition to having worked as a copy editor and corporate editor/writer, he has formerly held appointments teaching Japanese foreign...

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Alister Wedderburn

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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