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Writing Reaction into Theory

16 May 2018

Dr Joseph MacKay was in New York on the night Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. As surprised as anyone, he remembers walking around town for a couple of days afterwards feeling...

Nuclear deterrence

Nuclear Deterrence at Risk

16 May 2018

US nuclear deterrence is at risk of being undermined, and Dr Ben Zala is headed to Harvard University to explore the cause. For Zala, the problem is the increasing importance of advanced conventional...

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2017- A Year in Review: Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs

8 May 2018

The achievements of the Bell School colleagues, many of which are captured in this year in review, were considerable. During 2017 alone, we collectively published 83 journal articles, 48 book...

Alister Wedderburn

Comic Relief: Unpacking the politics of pop culture

21 February 2018

Culture, as a concept, has often fallen by the wayside in international relations theory. Alister Wedderburn, a new postdoctoral fellow at the Bell School, has designed a course for the first...

Dr Mathew Davies

Performing Unity: The symbol and ritual of ASEAN

21 February 2018

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been a paradox from the very beginning. So argues Dr Mathew Davies in a book he is writing for Cambridge University Press. The intergovernmental...

Shinzo Abe and Malcolm Turnbull January 2018 (Photo: Shinzo Abe/Twitter)

Australia-Japan defence deal: Noteworthy, not newsworthy

23 January 2018

Pity the news subeditor in summertime Australia. It’s January, the days are languid, and even the Trump administration can’t fill the entire World News section. Unsurprisingly, then, some headlines...

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, and Malcolm Turnbull

Why Turnbull's Asian summit trip was a missed opportunity

17 November 2017

The APEC and East Asia Summit (EAS) meetings, both recently attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, are moments of ceremonial certainty amid the wider changes ongoing in the region. What were...

ANU graduates among the world’s most employable

16 November 2017

Graduates from The Australian National University (ANU) have been ranked Australia’s most employable graduates and are listed among the world’s most sought after employees. For the fifth consecutive...

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Striving for power: Chinese foreign policy in Xi Jinping's 'new era'

13 November 2017

President Xi Jinping has emerged out of last month’s 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party as a new paramount leader of China on a par with Mao Zedong, founder of the People’s Republic of...

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An unfolding humanitarian emergency

11 November 2017

The Australian government formally closed the Manus Regional Processing Centre on 31 October. The MRPC was an offshore immigration detention facility at a naval base on Manus Island in northern Papua...

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