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Ending Somalian piracy: pitfalls and possibilities of Australian naval intervention and long-term human security policy initiatives

Carolin Liss of Murdoch University discusses “the possible benefits and disadvantages of Australian participation in an international, UN approved, anti-piracy task-force operating in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. In themselves, Liss notes, “the patrols of pirate-infested waters are of limited...
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The US - Australia alliance: a prospect of change?

Coral Bell writes that Australian Opposition leader Kevin Rudd's foreign policy approach is not likely to do serious damage to the relationship with Washington, but the alliance might be challenged within the foreseeable future by quite a different factor in world politics. The next landscape...
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Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific century: Force 2030 - friend in need or neighbourhood bully?

Vijay Naidu of the University of the South Pacific argues that the Australian Defence White Paper 2009 “does not successfully incorporate Australia's foreign and economic policies in its immediate neighbourhood as a possible source of instability and security risk." It "proposes the use of ADF...
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A world free of nuclear weapons: the fierce urgency of now

Malcolm Fraser, former prime minister of Australia, writes that “there has never been a better time to achieve total nuclear disarmament; this is necessary, feasible and urgent.”
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Between guns and dialogue: Papua after the exile's return

Richard Chauvel of Victoria University writes that although after half a century of exile Papuan politician Nicholaas Jouwe’s visit to Jakarta and Jayapura reflected an “Indonesian strategy to persuade exiled Papuan political figures, refugees and asylum seekers to return to Indonesia”, not all went according...
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Why is Australia fighting in New York to keep control of the peacekeeping force in Timor-Leste?

Helen Hill reports on the current debate in the UN Security Council on Kofi Annan's recommendation to establish a new UN mission in East Timor. Why is Australia trying to sabotage the Secretary General's proposal for a UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), a proposal...
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Somewhere over the rainbow: The Australian Defence white paper, economic vulnerability, and China

Richard Leaver and Alex Stephens of Flinders University write that in the Vietnam era Australian policy attitudes to China "begged the question ‘when is your enemy not your enemy?’ and delivered the seemingly obvious answer: ‘when he’s your fifth biggest trading partner’." Yet in its...
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Australia's treaty links to nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament

Richard Tanter of the Nautilus Institute writes that Australia is tied to issues of both nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation through a wide range of bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements to which Australia is a party. Beyond the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, these...
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Force 2030: China drives Australia toward its first strategic missile system

Ron Huisken of the Australian National University argues that the strikingly different dimension of Australia's recent Defence White Paper, Force 2030 – “the sharply expanded submarine force and the intent to acquire Australia’s first strategic missile capability – stems from a disjointed, inconclusive but unmistakably...
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An international tribunal for Timor-Leste: an idea that won't go away

Patrick Walsh, Senior Adviser to the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat, writes of the re-emergence of calls for an international tribunal for past crimes in Timor-Leste. Walsh notes that “for many this is not fundamentally about Indonesia”, but is about the “destiny of humanity” and is understood...