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The fight inside China over the South China Sea

The fight inside China over the South China Sea

30 June 2016

With a decision from an international ad hoc tribunal tasked with reviewing China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea looming, regional tensions are running high. A key problem is that no nation...

Thailand must end trafficking of all migrant workers

29 June 2016

On 6 June Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha gave a 35-minute speech commemorating the annual Stop Human Trafficking Day in Bangkok. He was also shown on state media donating 3,000...

Brexit serves as a warning to ASEAN

Brexit serves as a warning to ASEAN

28 June 2016

The lesson from the UK-EU split should not be one of smugness, but that regional cooperation only exists thanks to citizens’ permission. For decades the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN...

Strategic partnerships: Helping or hindering security?

Strategic partnerships: Helping or hindering security?

15 June 2016

Strategic partnerships are becoming central to the management of international security in the Asia-Pacific region. All the major powers and many of the minor ones have entered into multiple...

The morning after: Australia, Japan, and the submarine deal that wasn't

The morning after: Australia, Japan, and the submarine deal that wasn't

8 June 2016

Barely had the visiting Japanese submarine, JS Hakuryu, departed Sydney Harbour on 26 April than Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced to the media that Australia’s future submarines...

University impact requires criticism, rigour, bravery, education

University impact requires criticism, rigour, bravery, education

17 May 2016

Illustration: Eric Lobbecke The call for universities and academics to ‘have impact’ is important and legitimate, and there is a strong narrative about how in the social sciences they have failed to...

The foreign policy wisdom of Trump the fool

The foreign policy wisdom of Trump the fool

4 May 2016

King Lear’s Fool was no idiot. The buffoonery and artifice of the Fool in Lear’s entourage allows Shakespeare to make the Fool the only honest person, excepting Cordelia, surrounding the...

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Ideas for Australia: Sold short – Australia’s aid cuts have foreign policy consequences

22 April 2016

The Coalition government has embraced a more transactional foreign policy than its predecessor. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has repeatedly explained how the concept of “economic diplomacy” will...

Seoul at night. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Brad Hammonds.

Tackling the region’s policy challenges

28 January 2016

New issue of Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies confronts key policy concernsFrom simmering tensions in the South China Sea, to fledging democracy in Myanmar, and developing relationships between...

2016 John Monash scholarships

11 January 2016

The University congratulates five of its alumni who have received prestigious John Monash Scholarships. The John Monash Scholarships are awarded to postgraduates who foster...

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