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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Preventing Terrorism Organically

06 Jun 2017 By Emily Wise

To combat terrorism effectively, policymakers must include the community at large. Governments, media, non-governmental organisations, victims, and regular citizens are equally responsible for creating a united discourse that discredits terrorist narratives.

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Maritime Piracy and Kidnapping in the Sulu-Celebes Sea

02 May 2017 By Reginald Ramos

The recent revitalisation of the diplomatic efforts between the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia surrounding the Sulu-Celebes Sea seem promising, but it is only one step closer towards shifting the tides of piracy and crime on the ground.

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Russia's Robot: The End of Mankind?

20 Apr 2017 By Daniel Milford

So if it wasn’t bad enough that humans continue to threaten the peace and stability of the world, it now appears as if the robots also want to demonstrate their prowess in the time honoured tradition of killing - or so you would believe base...

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