Foreign relations administration

Commentary

7 Dec 2017

The Turnbull Government has announced a crackdown on foreign interference in Australian politics and national security. Proposed laws include a ban on foreign political donations, new criminal offences, and a transparency register for those acting on behalf of foreign governments or organisations.

Prime Minister...

Research report

5 Dec 2017

Indonesia is growing. Strong economic growth and a swelling middle class have even seen some analysts predict that Indonesia will become a global economic powerhouse behind China, India and the United States. As it moves along that path, Indonesia will continue to re-shape its strategic...

Report

5 Dec 2017

The United States is facing multiple challenges to sustaining its military-technological edge in the Indo-Pacific :

- The proliferation of advanced missiles, submarines, satellites and other technology has raised the costs and risks for the United States in a...

Audio interview

30 Nov 2017

One close watcher of China's activities in Australia says events like those embroiling Sam Dastyari show a glaring lack of China literacy in Australia.

Louisa Lim is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Advancing Journalism, and author of The People's...

Research report

28 Nov 2017

The first part of this paper noted some of the elements of President Xi’s speech at the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party that appeared to indicate his decision to set aside the Deng dictum of maintaining a low profile and not aspiring to...

Strategy

23 Nov 2017

The government is publishing this White Paper to chart a clear course for Australia at a time of rapid change. Over the coming decade Australia will need to pursue its interests in a more competitive and contested world.

Our world is now...

Transcript

21 Nov 2017

On 21 November the Hon. Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister for Defence, delivered this address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney on Australia's approach to the Pacific.

Report

13 Nov 2017

There has been much talk about the changing global environment in recent years with significant shifts in the global economy, politics and governance.

As a result, the standards and institutions that Australia has relied on, in some cases for decades, to underpin...

Report

9 Nov 2017

Under the Obama administration, the US–Vietnam relationship expanded, especially in terms of security cooperation. China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea has helped to warm US–Vietnam bilateral ties. The Trans-Pacific Partnership also offered Vietnam an opportunity to escape China’s economic orbit. But just as...

Report

31 Oct 2017

In his 2016 campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump promised to step away from alliances, free trade agreements, and efforts to promote human rights, steps that would have substantially undermined the liberal international order. Early in his presidency, as he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership,...

Audio interview

27 Oct 2017

Today's the first day on the job for New Zealand's new Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was sworn in yesterday.

Her swearing-in comes more than a month after New Zealand took to the polls in an inconclusive vote on September 23.

Jacinda...

Report

25 Oct 2017

US–Russia relations are more acrimonious than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Initial hopes in Moscow that Donald Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 US presidential election might lead to a new quality of engagement have evaporated. Today, there is little...

Report

25 Oct 2017

A dual crisis haunts America’s Asia policy at a time when China is challenging the United States-led regional order. Early visits to the region by senior Trump administration officials, along with intense attention to the North Korean nuclear problem, point to an illusory continuity in...

Audio program

16 Oct 2017

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has issued a blunt warning to Chinese University students affiliated with the Communist Party, urging them to respect freedom of speech in Australia.

The federal government has mounting anxieties about the way Beijing uses student groups to monitor young...

Commentary

16 Oct 2017

Last week Radio National’s Background Briefing aired the extraordinary allegation that the seventy-seven alleged Chinese criminals deported from Fiji in August were mainly teenage girls brought to the Pacific as sex workers. All the evidence suggests that the arrests were designed to reassure a domestic...

Report

15 Oct 2017

Strategic risk is a grey area in which governments need to make critical assessments of capability, motive and intent. Over recent decades, judgements in this area have relied heavily on the conclusion that the capabilities required for a serious assault on Australia simply did...

Guide

13 Oct 2017

Since late August 2017, there have been renewed allegations of systematic human rights abuses by Myanmar (also ‘Burma’) security forces conducting counter-insurgency and so-called ‘clearance operations’ against Rohingya militants in Rakhine State. The security operations followed coordinated insurgent attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army...

Audio program

8 Oct 2017

In an unprecedented move, in August 2017 Chinese officials chartered a plane to Fiji and deported seventy-seven of their own citizens who had been living on the Pacific island

But as Hagar Cohen reports China's official explanation for this unusual extradition is being questioned...

Commentary

5 Oct 2017

When news broke two months ago that seventy-seven Chinese nationals had been deported from Fiji on a China Southern aircraft, the pictures seemed to tell the whole story. The criminals, said to be involved in a massive telecommunications fraud targeting people all over China, were...

Transcript

29 Sep 2017

On Friday 29 September, Federal Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, outlined a comprehensive manifesto that will inform the Federal Labor Party’s future engagement with the Asian region. ‘FutureAsia,’ announced in a speech to the Asia Society in Sydney, provides a framework for deeper and more meaningful...