Is a second Sino-Indian border war imminent?

How likely is that that the Sino-Indian standoff in the Doklam region of the Himalayas will escalate into a border war, asks Dr Feng Zhang.

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Image: India-China-Doklam border Flickr/BMN Network

Thailand’s new migrant worker policy is a step onto uncertain ground

Thailand’s most recent move on migrant worker policy (the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management) has been a debacle. While not a complete failure, a...

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Image: ILO/Sai Min Zaw

Regional roundup spotlights Australia’s key relationships

Speaking at the Australian National University’s annual Australia 360 event last Tuesday, a panel of academics broke down Australia’s key regional...

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Thinking seriously about Asia's arms control

The time to think seriously about the prospects for controlling Asia’s nuclear arsenals has arrived, writes Dr Benjamin Zala

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Image: Reuters/8th United States Army

What Happens When ISIS Becomes an Online Caliphate?

After the fall of Mosul, devising effective ways to combat Islamic State propaganda will be critically important, writes Dr Haroro Ingram.

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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

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Mathew Davies

Mathew Davies

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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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

Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Lund University, Ellen joined the Department of International Relations as a Research Fellow in July 2017.

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Benjamin Zala

Ben is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations. His work focuses on the politics of the great powers, international security issues, and International Relations theory.

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Feng Zhang is a Fellow and HDR Coordinator in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University. He teaches...

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