• A new dawn under cloudy skies

    Nick Bisley     |      April 12, 2021

    After the relief of Trump’s departure, each democratic ally in the Asia-Pacific region is assessing how the new American president will approach their bilateral relationship and the growing threat of Chinese aggression.

  • Protecting Taiwan

    Benjamin Herscovitch     |      April 8, 2021

    Australian policy on Taiwan is a matter of ethics as well as strategy. Our decisions on Taiwan may define for this age the values that we represent and our willingness to uphold them.

  • Bringing Burma back from the brink

    ANU Editorial Board     |      March 25, 2021

    Myanmar’s military junta has ditched any effort to put a benign face on the coup it held at the start of February.

  • Four against one

    Ashok Sharma     |      March 25, 2021

    Their recent summit-level meeting underlines “the Quad” will be a powerful stabilising force in the Indo-Pacific in the face of escalating Chinese aggression.

  • Can Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement restore democracy?

    Nicola Williams     |      March 20, 2021

    The people of Myanmar must choose their fate and system of government for it to be legitimate. A prolonged return to military rule or an illegitimate government will only perpetuate continued suffering and instability.

  • Can 2021 still be Australia’s year of Southeast Asia?

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      February 22, 2021

    With multiple initiatives set to launch, 2021 was supposed to be the year Australia pivoted to Southeast Asia. Recent events in Myanmar will make this more challenging, but the underlying reasons for investing in Southeast Asia remain.

  • Turn and face the strange

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 17, 2021

    While some of the worst fears around COVID-19 haven’t come to pass, the world has still been turned upside down over the course of the last year.

  • Saving democracy in Burma

    Open Forum     |      February 12, 2021

    Academics from UNSW Sydney have joined international colleagues in condemning this month’s military coup in Myanmar, saying the justifications for the action are not supported by events or the constitution.

  • Navalny sheds light on dark corners

    Anastasia Kapetas     |      February 11, 2021

    The cynical imprisonment of Alexei Navalny won’t secure the future of Vladimir Putin’s brutal dictatorship for long.

  • The future of the ANZUS alliance

    Peter Dean     |      February 2, 2021

    In 2021, the ANZUS alliance will have been in place for 70 years. However, in the wake of Biden’s recent inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, the alliance is experiencing challenges not seen in the past.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Alexei Navalny – The fight for humanity

    Mark Nicol     |      February 1, 2021

    Protests against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny are growing in Russia, but the movement for democracy needs the support of both Russians and the West to face down the brutal dictatorship of Vladimir Putin.

  • The Liberal Party’s struggles with multilateralism

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 1, 2021

    Although the Liberal Party is a staunch supporter of Australia’s security alliances, its faith in the United Nations has ebbed and flowed over the years.