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

Book Review: The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood

US-Pakistan relations have always been difficult and became particularly prickly at the height of the war in neighbouring Afghanistan. Washington needs to...

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Gender and Global Threats

Professor Maria Tanyag, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, has been awarded The ANU Gender Institute a special...

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Has Shinzo Abe left a lasting legacy?

Departing at a crucial time, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister leaves much unfinished business

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Shinzo Abe

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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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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Wesley Widmaier

Wesley Widmaier is Professor and Head of 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 concern...

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William T. Tow

William T. Tow

Previously Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland and at Griffith University, and an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC),...

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Lauren Richardson

Lauren Richardson

Lauren Richardson is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Previously she taught Northeast Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the role of non-state actors in...

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Nicolas Lemay-Hébert

Nicolas is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations, and the Department’s Director of Research. He graduated with his PhD in international relations from Sciences Po Paris (Institute for Political...

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Dr Sarah Logan

Sarah Logan

Sarah is a Research Fellow/Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Her primary research focus is the impact of technology, especially the internet, on International Relations. She is interested in how...

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