Do Proposed Reforms of the World Health Organization Go Far Enough?

Earlier this month, the director-general of the WHO unveiled an ambitious restructuring plan to make it more efficient, nimble and focused on its core role.

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A health worker from the World Health Organization gives an Ebola vaccination to a front-line aid worker, Mbandaka, Congo

Australia's new Pacific Czar

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s new Office of the Pacific is a sign of the step up being made real.

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Ewan McDonald

Misguided multilateralism

Are we betting too much on conventional wisdom?

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A time of celebration for our 2018 graduates

Farewell and good luck to 118 new Bell School graduates.

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Three ARC grant successes for Bell School

Congrats to Cecila Jacob, Evelyn Goh and Stephan Fruehling on winning ARC grants.

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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

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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Ellen Ravndal

Ellen Ravndal

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

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Dr Benjamin Day

Benjamin Day

Ben is Associate Lecturer in the Department of International Relations.

Ben’s research interests encompass foreign policy analysis and international development. His doctoral dissertation, ‘Explaining Aid...

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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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Bina D'Costa

Bina D'Costa

Bina is Senior Fellow/Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School. She is also the school’s Deputy Director - Education.

At the height of Europe’s refugee...

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Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations, and Deputy Director of HDR for the Bell School. He teaches courses on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. His research...

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