Government sincerity on migrant rights faces fishing pact test

It has been one year since Thailand's last debacle on migrant worker policy. Yet, Thailand finds itself once again at the crossroads where domestic...

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Migrant workers on a Thai fishing boat

Challenging the stigma against former girl child soldiers

Case studies on female child soldiers in Sri Lanka and Nepal by Kate Macfarlane find that the social stigma of being a former child soldier is harder to...

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Girl soldiers of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE)

Zooming in on Indonesia’s environmental service policies

Non-monetary rewards play a significant role in encouraging people to look after the environment they live in, Indonesia expert Abidah Setyowati reveals in a...

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A time of celebration for our mid-year graduates

On Friday, 13 July, the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs bid farewell and good luck to 75 graduates across eight degree programs. Amongst them were...

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Bell School mid-year graduates

Endless Opportunities

Jamal Nabulsi is graduating this semester with a Master of International Relations (Advanced) with a plan to continue down the path of academia. Jamal came...

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Jamal Nabulsi

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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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

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 Kennedy...

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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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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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Peter Van Ness

Peter Van Ness is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International Relations. He is a specialist on Chinese foreign policy and US relations with China. He has published books on Chinese support for revolution...

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Wesley Widmaier is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations. His research addresses the interplay of wars, crises, and change – and the ways in which stability can cause instability, a...

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