To Make Heaven Weep: Civilians and the American Way of War from 1608 to 2020

So why have civilians so consistently been the deliberate target of coercive and conciliatory violence by U.S. military forces?

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Book Review: Pakistan, Regional Security and Conflict Resolution – The Pashtun “Tribal” Areas

The tribal areas of Pakistan have played a critical role in the security of the country since Partition, particularly since the Taliban was ousted from power...

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Frooq Yousaf, Pakistan, Regional Security and Conflict Resolution – The Pashtun ‘Tribal’ Areas (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021)

China Can Hurt Australia for Malabar Exercise But QUAD is Bracing

India’s invitation to Australia is a significant move for the future of peace & security in the Indo-Pacific.

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Quad Flags

‘The Makings of a Success’: The Global Compact on Refugees and the Inaugural Global Refugee Forum

Patrick Wall studied a Master of Diplomacy and now works in Geneva at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) developing and executing the...

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Patrick Wall

Book Review: The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood

US-Pakistan relations have always been difficult and became particularly prickly at the height of the war in neighbouring Afghanistan. Washington needs to...

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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 Politics and International Studies discipline as eight in the world and a score of 5 in the most recent ERA. Read further

Professor Wesley Widmaier, 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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Srinjoy Bose

Drawing on his training in political science, international relations, and political sociology, Dr Srinjoy Bose's research agenda is shaped by topics in Critical Peace research including peace transitions,...

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Benjamin Zala

Benjamin Zala

Ben is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations whose work focuses on the politics of the great powers, nuclear weapons, and International Relations theory. He has published on issues of global...

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Cecilia Jacob

Cecilia is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Coral Bell School. Her work focuses on civilian protection, mass atrocity prevention, and international human protection norms. She has recently...

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Alister Wedderburn

Alister is Visiting Fellow in the Department. Previously, he was the John Vincent Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department. He received an MA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2008, and another...

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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 international hierarchies, at both the micro and macro levels, as well as on a variety of IR-...

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