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The A word: an accomodationist strategy for US-China relations

This paper argues that by identifying clear ideas about acceptable conduct in the key domains (Maritime, Space and Cyber) the US and China can avoid conflict without presuming away differences of interest or opinion.
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Strengthening rules-based order in the Asia-Pacific

This paper explores the opportunities for both Australia and Japan jointly to promote their shared interest in strengthening the rule of law in the Asia–Pacific. Overview The rule of law is an essential condition if cooperation and orderly behaviour are to be advanced in the...
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Escalation in Northeast Asia: a strategic challenge for Australia

This paper examines the possible escalation of conflict between China and Japan and the implications for Australia and the US. Executive summary: Political competition and a lack of crisis management mechanisms could make it very hard for China and Japan to resist escalatory pressures in...
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Conflict in the East China Sea: would ANZUS apply?

This paper analyses the circumstances under which conflict in the East China Sea could occur and the implications for Australia.
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Keeping the South China Sea in perspective

Outlines the competing interests behind tensions in the South China Sea and makes policy recommendations for the United States. Executive summary The South China Sea disputes involve the interests of the United States, particularly with regard to freedom of navigation, international norms and law, relations...
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So, what if India becomes a member of the SCO?

If India gains full membership of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, it could have a huge impact on the international order, argues this report. Summary At least one news report suggests that a decision was made at the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation’s (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ meeting held...
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Responding to Indo-Pacific rivalry: Australia, India and middle power coalitions

In this Analysis, Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf and Nonresident Fellow C. Raja Mohan argue that Chinese assertiveness and uncertainties about America’s role in Indo-Pacific Asia are causing middle powers to look for alternative approaches to regional security. The Analysis argues that...
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Power and order in Asia: a survey of regional expectations

This survey of strategic elites in eleven Asia Pacific economies examines the implications of major power rivalries and confrontation, coinciding with increased economic cooperation and community building. Overview Asia stands out as the world’s most vibrant region, where rivalries and confrontation coincide with increased economic...
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Trafficking in persons monitoring report: January 2009–June 2011

Since 2008, the Australian Government has increased the tempo on investigating and understanding these crimes, and the Australian Institute of Criminology’s research and monitoring program is part of this effort. The Government has introduced new legislation to crack down on trafficking slavery and servile marriages.
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Facing west, facing north: Canada and Australia in East Asia

This report, published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), calls for Canada and Australia to deepen their regional security cooperation in East Asia.