• The end of the rules-based liberal international order?

    Tom Switzer     |      August 18, 2018

    The American president is a symptom, not the cause, of the broader problems surrounding the deterioration of the liberal international order.

  • The hard part of soft power

    Graeme Dobell     |      August 13, 2018

    Australia used ‘soft power’ to enhance its regional interests long before the term was invented, but how should DFAT reassert its ability to control the narrative within the machinery of government itself?

  • China verses the world

    Shiro Armstrong     |      August 13, 2018

    Since coming to power in 2012, Xi Jinping has set his sights on increasing his own power in the country, and his country’s power in the world. Can this threat to the established order be turned into an opportunity?

  • The politics of international aviation

    Will McEniry     |      June 27, 2018

    Commercial aviation is being transformed into a new form of soft power by nations around the world. While we might like to think that passenger planes can soar above the troubles of the world, recent incidents show how aviation can be manipulated for political purposes.

  • The future of the Commonwealth

    Menna Rawlings     |      June 12, 2018

    If the Commonwealth did not exist, would there be any point in creating it? Contemplating the range of social, political and environmental issues which confront the world, the answer should be a resounding yes.

  • How Putin exploits democracy’s lost promise

    Brian Grodsky     |      June 11, 2018

    Vladimir Putin maintains an iron grip on power and flexes Russia’s muscles in the ‘near abroad’, but perhaps the Russian dictator’s greatest success lies in sowing turmoil in Western democracies themselves.

  • The case for making space for Taiwan

    Thom Dixon     |      June 8, 2018

    Australian airline Qantas has bowed to Chinese pressure and will now refer to the independent, democratic nation of Taiwan as a ‘Chinese territory’. Rather than kowtow to Chinese demands than Taiwan be marginalised and delegitimised as a nation state, the international community should defend its identity.

  • Walking the walk on values with China

    Fergus Ryan     |      June 3, 2018

    As long as the Australian government claims to be ‘a determined advocate of liberal institutions, universal values and human rights’, as it did in its recent 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, there should be some evidence that we’re prepared to confront China’s ever more draconian censorship.

  • Career, culture and character: New Zealand’s three women Prime Ministers

    Elizabeth McLeay     |      May 20, 2018

    When Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s Prime Minister in 2017, not only was she the youngest PM in 150 years, but she was also the country’s third female leader. When it comes to women in politics in general, there seems to be a lot that we could learn from our neighbours.

  • Liberal democracy: just one option among many?

    Mike Scrafton     |      May 17, 2018

    Democracy appears to be on the retreat around the world and the rise of economically successful authoritarian states is undermining the assumption that political and economic freedom are essential partners for national success.

  • What does the 2018 budget mean for society?

    Kristy Muir     |      May 11, 2018

    While its tax cuts appeal to middle class Australians ahead of a federal election, the new budget has not delivered results for the nation’s most disadvantaged people.

  • Good in parts – Science and the Federal Budget

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2018

    Australian academics and scientists analyse the budget’s impact on research, health, infrastructure, education and the environment.