AI expressed through art – a collaborative project bringing research to life

Dr Christopher Hobson has collaborated with artist Ashley Cullen to create a mural exploring themes related to his research in artificial intelligence (AI),...

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Dr Lauren Richardson funded for Japan Studies Seminar Series

Seminar series project will showcase cutting-edge research by leading and emerging scholars based primarily in Australia and Japan.

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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

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

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Dr Rakisits has had almost 20 years of experience in the Australian public sector, including in the Departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of National...

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Maria is a Research Fellow/Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. She was awarded her PhD in Politics and International Relations from Monash University in 2018.

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Dr Claire Benn received her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Having completed a fellowship at The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, she is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the...

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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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George Lawson

My work is oriented around the relationship between history and theory, with a particular interest in global historical sociology.

I apply this interest to the study of revolutions in two books: Anatomies of...

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