As Indonesia’s economy continues to grow, the relationship with Australia is becoming more and more asymmetric. From the Australian perspective, it presents some opportunities but, as a counterbalance, Indonesia may be seeking to engage more closely with other, larger, powers in the region. This paper...
China’s growing influence is a delicate puzzle for the international community, which must welcome a transformed power without acquiescing in the destruction of the global diplomatic infrastructure. This report claims that New Zealand’s business, political and intellectual elite have all been targeted by the Chinese...
Now that North Korea has finally reached the threshold of a nuclear missile capability to directly threaten the US mainland, its scripted brand of hyperbole and brinksmanship is encountering a different sort of melodrama - the political theatre of Donald Trump.
There is no doubt that there is immense scope and potential for Chinese investment in India, especially in infrastructure. New Delhi, for its part, should not be bogged down by the baggage of the past and must work to address key issues, such as bureaucracy,...
Australia is approaching an important window of opportunity to change our approach to the use of space for defence and national security purposes and, more broadly, to the establishment of a sovereign space industry
In a wide-ranging speech about the newly created Home Affairs portfolio, Peter Dutton has emphasized Australian values as well as national security - but managing migration levels will remain a key task.
This speech, delivered by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, provides some interesting pointers on how the Australian government’s foreign policy has evolved within a short period of time.
US–Russia relations are more problematic and acrimonious than at any time since the end of the Cold War.
This resource outlines Australia's cyber affairs agenda for the next three years, with the hope of creating the environment for digital trade to generate economic growth and opportunities for Australia.
This paper argues that the strategic challenges facing East Asia are being amplified by economic uncertainty and by the narrow reliance of governments on their ability to deliver growth for political legitimacy.
Whereas the November 2016 issue of Policy Quarterly focused on local government, this issue takes a global perspective. In particular, it explores the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, and it does so through the lens of ‘global studies’. The articles...
A majority of Australians think the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union, according to new Lowy Institute polling. In a decisive result, 51% of Australian adults say the United Kingdom ‘should remain a member of the European Union’, while only 19% say it...
The author discusses anxieties about the stability and fragility of South Pacific states, yet by specifying that all three of the key Strategic Defence Objectives mentioned in The 2016 Defence White Paper are “equally-weighted”, it elevates other regions to the same level of strategic import....
Examines Japanese security policy under Abe, identifies the constants and constraints that frame that policy, and attempts to project where Japan will go in the near-term future.
Executive Summary Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is determined to restore the shine to Japan and ensure...
These Policy Proposals are the product of a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project on ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council’. The project is a collaboration between the Australian National University’s Centre for International Governance and Justice and the Australian Government’s Australian...
Malcolm Turnbull has directly lobbied US legislators to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which he describes as “a very critical part of America’s continued presence in the Asia-Pacific”.
Turnbull stressed the TPP’s importance in his talks with politicians on Capitol Hill, who included...
With a third of New Zealand’s two-year United Nations Security Council stint already complete, it’s timely to determine whether a distinct and consistent New Zealand view has been emerging on the Council.
Undertaking this assessment means getting through a veritable pile of statements which...
The ANZUS Alliance in an Ascending Asia
Welcome to a special edition of the Centre of Gravity series. This is a jointly published report with the Centre for Strategic & International Studies.
In 1942 it was said that Australia...