Paying attention to aid

"The Australian National University recognises the start date of my doctoral studies as 28 March 2013. Yet, as this project has neared its completion and I...

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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

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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Luke Glanville

Luke Glanville

Luke Glanville is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations. He graduated with his PhD in Political Science at the University of Queensland in 2010 and then worked at Griffith University before joining...

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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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Ellen Ravndal

Ellen Ravndal

Ellen is a Research Fellow/Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Her main research areas include international organisations, the UN Secretary-General, and international relations in the nineteenth...

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Ben Day

Ben Day

Ben is Associate Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. He submitted his PhD dissertation, ‘Explaining Aid Spending since the Global Financial Crisis: A Comparative Analysis of Aid Policy Decision-...

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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. Cecilia has a...

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