War with North Korea: From Unthinkable to Unavoidable?

13 Mar 2018 By Gordon Flake, The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC

We are at the most dangerous moment since the Korean War armistice in 1953. A war today could have unimaginable consequences: a catastrophic death toll, missile strikes beyond the peninsula, the first nuclear bombs to be used in conflict since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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The Quad 2.0: From Symbolic to Tangible Security Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

26 Feb 2018 By J. Berkshire Miller

The Quad is not a silver bullet for all the security concerns of its members; and should be seen as a mini-lateral complement to other bilateral, mini-lateral and multilateral mechanisms.

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The Contested Economic Architecture of the Indo-Pacific Region

15 Feb 2018 By Jeffrey Wilson

For the first time in three decades, the US is not an active player in discussions over regional economic integration in Asia. Yet its withdrawal comes at the very time when the regional economic architecture is changing most dramatically.

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Have Regional Security Concerns Brought Australia Back To The Quad?

30 Nov 2017 By Benjamin J. Freeman

The revival of a regional multilateral initiative featuring Australia, the United States, Japan and India, commonly known as “the Quad”, raises questions about Australia’s perception of the regional security environment. It marks a strategic shift in Australian foreign policy thinking, and presents challenges for managing Australia-China bilateral relations.

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Australia and Indonesia: Middle Power Cooperation in the South China Sea

07 Nov 2017 By Tanya Matthews

In the great power security game currently centred on the South China Sea, Beijing is inching ever closer to its goal of obtaining de facto control, particularly on the back of President Xi Jinping’s articulation for a more ‘assertive’ foreign policy during the PRC’s 19th Party Congress in October.

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Australia Tries to Unlock the Benefits of Proximity with Indonesia

04 Oct 2017 By Kyle Springer

Indonesia and Australia find themselves locked together by geography in the midst of the most economically dynamic regions in the world. The choice is simple: work together and prosper or ignore one another and miss out on the benefits their proximity offers.

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Tortoises and Trade: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in 2017

23 Aug 2017 By Michael Zhou

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) heading back to the drawing board by the exit of the US, governments in the Indo-Pacific region are increasingly looking towards alternative multilateral trade agreements.

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Back from the Brink? The Future of the TPP-11

08 Aug 2017 By Monica Stanisis

The withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has thrown the Asia-Pacific trade system into crisis. What was once the best opportunity for countries of the region to embrace multilateral trade liberalisation has essentially been sent back to the drawing board. The very feasibility of the deal is now in question.

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What Does China Want from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

27 Jun 2017 By Jeffrey Wilson

The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was a landmark development in Asian regionalism. Its core mission is to fill infrastructure gaps in Asia – the underdeveloped transport, energy and communication links between economies – by providing a new development bank specialising in infrastructure financing.

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