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Something New under the Rising Sun: Expanding
Australia–Japan Defence Cooperation, June 2013.
A number of recent policy documents signal the Australian
Government’s intent to deepen defence engagement in the
Asia–Pacific. This paper considers current defence relations
between Australia and Japan and looks at reasons and
opportunities for increased engagement and cooperation,
including in the area...
Australia and the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
Initiative: Difficult Times for Disarmament Diplomacy, May
Australia recognises the critical role that the Treaty on
the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons plays in preventing
uncontrolled proliferation and promoting disarmament, and
upholding the treaty has long been a core foreign policy
goal. However Australia's disarmament diplomacy has hit a
difficult patch. This pa...
China's Response to the US in Contemporary Asia, April 2013.
The paper evaluates official Chinese commentary and media
coverage on US activity in Asia from November 2011 to
January 2013. Understanding the nuances of China’s
differentiated response from the time of Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton’s 2011 ‘America’s Pacific Century’ essay in
Strategic Interests and Australian Grand Strategy, February
The newly-released National Security Strategy provides good
coverage of broad security issues, but could have given a
more expansive worldview. Previous Defence White Papers have
shown our approach to national strategic interests has been
narrow and reactive rather than broad and proactive. The
authors suggest there...
Making Waves: Australian Ocean Development Assistance,
Australia has a vital national interest in the management of
its adjacent oceans and seas. This paper argues for ocean
development to be a key strategic goal of our increased aid
investments. In particular, it recommends that AusAID fund
key features of the follow-on to Australia's successful