Set against the UK’s duty to protect the lives of its citizens, considerations of potential economic cost are of secondary importance. Organs of the Russian state have murdered and attempted to murder British citizens. The priority must be to minimize the risk that they will...
This discussion paper examines the relationship between Australia and New Zealand and what this means for cooperation in the Pacific Islands region.
The release of Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper late last year had been much anticipated, not least because it was the first such paper in over a decade. Notable was that the Pacific island region (including Timor-Leste) had been accorded a chapter of its own....
Australia's international broadcasting service should be rebuilt to become again an important foreign policy instrument, to promote Australia's interests, influence and values in the Asia-Pacific, according to this report.
Under-investment, inconsistent government decision-making and strategic missteps by the national broadcaster have plagued Australia's efforts in international broadcasting for more than a decade. This is despite it being a potent tool for diplomacy in a region that is fast becoming a major focus for world...
In the last decade, the strengthening of the India-Japan strategic partnership has been primarily driven by geopolitical considerations, in an era of competing regional visions and influence. While bilateral relations have shown progress in terms of political values and interests, strategic convergence and military cooperation,...
The author conducted this research as part of a fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The resulting report, summarised in this paper, is expected to be published by USIP in summer 2018.
New Zealand's recently released Strategic Defence Policy Statement has some frank language about China's actions in the South China Sea and its wider ambitions, and Beijing isn't happy about it.
This report looks at Indonesia’s efforts to respond to the late 2017 violence against the Rohingya that led to one of the largest, fastest refugee flows on record, with more than 700,000 people flooding into Bangladesh in a matter of weeks.
The past 12 months have seen a veritable frenzy of diplomatic activity in the Pacific Ocean. Traditional powers and new friends alike have intensified their courtship of Pacific island administrations: Australia announced a ‘step up’ in its engagement with island states ; New Zealand pledged...
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.
This paper argues that the apparent optimism surrounding the ‘season of summitry’ on the Korean Peninsula should be tempered by the fact that there are potential risks attached to engaging the North Korean leadership without preconditions
Scholars and policy experts debate Australian participation in the ‘Australia-India-Japan-United States consultations on the Indo-Pacific’ - known universally as the ‘Quad’.
With the strategic balance teetering in the Asia–Pacific, a more cold-hearted assessment of the Australia – New Zealand alliance is needed.
This paper outlines the evolution of China’s engagement with the dominant global norms of responsible behaviour.
The quadrilateral dialogue, an informal gathering between officials from the United States, Japan, India and Australia, has been revived after a decade-long hiatus. In order for the Quad 2.0 to be successful, it must concentrate on conrete, focused and tangible areas of cooperation that will...
This report reviews the evolution of Russia’s strategic and defence engagement in the IndAsPac. It also critically reviews Russia’s regional defence strategy, including threats perceptions, and principal vectors of regional engagement, predominantly through its active defence diplomacy.
The fourth edition of the Human Rights Manual has been prepared to foster a deeper understanding of human rights among officers and to provide the public an explanation of how human rights policy is pursued.
Papua New Guinea's new government faces a rapidly changing external environment as it struggles to manage a significant domestic economic downturn and unprecedented pressures on the national budget.