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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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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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

Professor George Lawson, Head of Department

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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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Ari Jerrems

Ari is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the ARC Discovery Project “The Cartography of Peace: Security Zones, Colour Codes and Everyday Life”.

His research and teaching interests cross the disciplines...

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Mathew Davies

Mathew Davies

My current research examines the intersection of regional order building, human rights and governance in Southeast Asia, paying particular regard to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To study this...

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Benjamin Zala

Benjamin Zala

Ben is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations whose work focuses on the politics of the great powers, nuclear weapons, and International Relations theory. He has published on issues of global...

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Cian O'Driscoll

Cian O'Driscoll

Cian O’Driscoll joined the ANU in 2020. Prior to this, he completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and worked at the University of Glasgow.

His principal area of research is the intersection...

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Maria Tanyag

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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