Northeast Asia Program

Northeast Asia Program


The Northeast Asia program will examine current strategic shifts in Northeast Asia and the stabilising role Australia can play within the region.

This program will have a three part focus:

  • Japan - building upon Australia and Japan's existing 'special strategic partnership'
  • Korea - raising Australia's profile in Korea to help strategic thinkers in Korea recognise the important role of Australia in the coming decade
  • China - examine the future strategic challenges and opportunities facing Australia's relationship with China and the U.S.

exploring china's "maritime consciousness"

The Perth USASia Centre and partner researcher, Andrew Chubb released 'Exploring China's "Maritime Consciousness:" Public Opinion on the South and East China Sea Disputes' in November 2014. The report contains the results of a Chinese-language public opinion survey conducted in March 2013, based on a sample size of 1,400 interviews with residents in five of China's major cities. Thanks to the creative efforts of The Office of Multidisciplinary Design and Setsquare Studios in Melbourne, the fascinating results of this data are portrayed using cutting-edge infographics presented in a format that is concise and easy to understand. This report is unique in that it seeks to understand how ordinary Chinese citizens view the disputes, and to measure the impact of their government's attempt to used media and propaganda channels to raise awareness of the disputes.

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Talking japanese (politics)

In this episode of the Perspectives podcast, Professor Rikki Kersten from Murdoch University talks Japanese politics with research fellow, Natalie Sambhi. She explains how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan artfully orchestrated the reinterpretation of Japan's pacifist constitution despite strong public opposition to the change. Rikki explains why the reinterpretation of Article 9 is a policy fiat, not a democratic change to a law of Japan. She also addresses the fallout from Japan losing the bid to build Australia's submarines - a blow to PM Abe's ambitions in defence and security.

Professor Kersten is currently the Dean of Arts at Murdoch University specialising in Japanese political history, security policy and foreign policy. She also has a particular interest in Australia-Japan security relations and the US-Japan alliance.

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accepting china's rise and building asia literacy

In this episode of Perspectives podcast, the Hon. Bob Carr, former Australian foreign minister and Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute discusses his disappointment with the decline in Asia reporting in the Australian media, and says think tanks can take part in building literacy on Asia.

The Hon. Bob Carr is a Professor in International Relations at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is also the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), the only Australian think tank devoted to illuminating the Australia-China relationship. Professor Carr is a former Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013). He is also an Honorary Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is recipient of the RSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Nanyang Technological University and the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

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In this episode of Perspectives podcast, Scott Snyder, senior fellow of Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations discusses his experiences in Pyongyang, North Korea. Synder also anaylses the missile capabilities in the North.

Scott Snyder is director of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy and senior associate of Washington programs in the International Relations program of The Asia Foundation. He joined The Asia Foundation as country representative of Korea in January 2000 and moved to the Washington office in April 2004. Mr. Snyder is also senior associate at Pacific Forum CSIS and was recently named adjunct senior fellow for Korea Studies by the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Japan and Australia have deepened our economic ties. We will now join up in a scrum, just like in rugby, to nurture a regional and world order and to safeguard peace. Today I stand in front of you, who represent the people of Australia, and state solemnly that now Japan and Australia will finally use our relationship of trust, which has stood up through the trials of history, in our cooperation in the area of security. Australia and Japan have now freed ourselves from one old layer and are now moving towards a new “special relationship"

Shinzo Abe
Japanese Prime Minister