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Australian Institute of International Affairs


Tearing up the Belt and Road Initiative: Australia’s rejection of China’s new Silk Road in Victoria

The Australian federal government recently resolved to scrap the Victorian state government’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The timing of this decision needs to be contemplated as ongoing developments may trouble bilateral relations between Australia and China, writes John Varano.

The state of Victoria and China’s Belt and Road Initiative: where does it leave Victorians?

The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited new debate on China’s flagship foreign policy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Against the official position of the Australian federal government, the state of Victoria has recently signed on.

The Sino-Australian relationship: the geopolitics of a post COVID-19 international order

China seems poised to emerge from the current crises stronger than before. This will test the Sino-Australian relationship that has been characterised by mutual strategic interest and mutual distrust.

Climate, coal, kinship and security in Australia-Pacific relations

Two leading Pacific academics, Tarcisius Kabutaulaka and Katerina Teaiwa, have criticised the security focus of Australia’s “step up” in the Pacific.

Reflecting on 20 years of protection of civilians in UN peace operations: progress, problems and prospects

Today marks 20 years since the first time UN peacekeepers were directed to protect civilians from physical violence in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, the Protection of Civilians (PoC) mandate has become a centre of gravity for peacekeeping operations but also for the UN...