• Australia’s incrementalist hedging in a fractured world order

    Nick Bisley     |      May 11, 2020

    Australia faces challenging circumstances. Its economic wellbeing is increasingly tied to a country, China, that is becoming the enemy of its security guarantor, the United States. The corrosion of liberal institutions reduces Australia’s options and constrains its scope for influence.

  • Assessing the Bishop era of Australian foreign policy

    Nick Bisley     |      August 30, 2018

    As time goes by, we will notice the opportunity Julie Bishop missed to make a decisive impact in charting Australia’s course during a period of historical importance.

  • Australia’s Rules-Based International Order

    Nick Bisley     |      July 29, 2018

    The ‘rules-based international order’ has become a rhetorical centrepiece of Australian international policy. One of the challenges in the current moment is that the rules and principles that were built on the foundation of American primacy are being questioned as power shifts.

  • Will Australia defend the ‘rules-based order’ in Asia?

    Nick Bisley     |      April 23, 2018

    The heated and polarised debate about the consequences of China’s increasing military assertiveness has raised doubts about the future of the ‘rules-based order’ in the region, as invoked by the Turnbull government in numerous speeches and policy statements.

  • Australia’s anti-climactic ASEAN Summit

    Nick Bisley     |      March 30, 2018

    The ASEAN Summit in Sydney offered many words but little action. If Australia wants to make Southeast Asia the ‘strategic fulcrum’ of its Indo-Pacific strategy, it needs to look well beyond ASEAN as its means.