Writing about foreign relations and diplomacy from a position of knowledge

Even after a long and rewarding career in journalism, Aarti Betigeri knew that studying a Master of International Relations program at the Coral Bell School...

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Spotlight: Afghanistan: Where do we go from here?

Ending violence against women and girls

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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)

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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Dr Benjamin Day

Benjamin Day

Ben is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Previously he convened the Department’s postgraduate courses in Foreign Policy Analysis and Australian Foreign Policy between 2017 and 2019....

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Ruji Auethavornpipat

Ruji Auethavornpipat is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. His research examines the contestation of migrant worker rights norms in Southeast Asia. In...

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Bina D'Costa

Bina D'Costa

Bina is Professor in the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School. She is also CAP Associate Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access.

At the height of Europe’s refugee...

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Professor William Maley is Professor in the Department of International Relations. Previously he was the Foundation Director (2003-2014) of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.

He taught for many years in...

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Claire Cronin

Claire is a Research Fellow/Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Her research is concerned with the future of human rights as an authoritative global justice discourse. As international political...

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