• Understanding “strategic culture”

    Andrew Carr     |      April 3, 2024

    Michael O’Keefe’s new book on Australian foreign policy making offers a detailed overview of Australia’s main diplomatic relationships and strategic culture.

  • The horror of dealing with Trump

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 9, 2023

    Former Australian defence minister Christoper Pyne has compared the experience of dealing with US President Donald Trump’s administration to watching the supernatural horror film The Conjuring.

  • Three different views from Shangri-La

    Graeme Dobell     |      June 17, 2023

    The optimism expressed by Kevin Rudd about the ‘Asian Century’ and close relations with China has been tempered in recent years by a more realistic appraisal of China’s true intentions and the need to protect Australia through stronger ties to traditional allies.

  • Penny Wong’s Pacific scorecard

    Tess Newton Cain     |      May 31, 2023

    With Foreign Minister Penny Wong at the helm of foreign policy, the Albanese government has set a strong standard for rebuilding diplomatic ties with Australia’s nearest neighbors in the South Pacific.

  • America’s illusion of grand strategy

    Chelene Reyes Yardumian     |      February 7, 2023

    Richard Hanania, the author of Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of American Grand Strategy, argues that America’s international strategy is shaped by political pressures at home as much as threats and developments abroad.

  • The four ages of American foreign policy

    John West     |      January 22, 2023

    Michael Mandelbaum’s latest book takes readers through America’s rise from settler-nation to superpower over the past 250 years.

  • Labor refreshes foreign policy

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      September 2, 2022

    Over a hundred days into Labor’s Federal term, have there been changes of style or substance in Australia’s foreign policy?

  • Reopening to the world beyond COVID

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 16, 2021

    Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s flight path on the way to Washington for the annual AUSMIN meeting with their American counterparts provides an insight into Australia’s policy directions and relationships as we look to open up to the world over 2022.

  • A closer look at foreign policy research

    Danielle Cave     |      July 17, 2021

    The best research think tanks produce is often work no one will fund. If it breaks new ground it’s often difficult to convince potential funders of its merit.

  • Defending or undermining rules-based order?

    Rebecca Strating     |      December 20, 2020

    Australia’s prime minister was awarded the “Grotius Prize” for supporting the rules-based order. However, it is debatable whether Australia is living up to Grotian ideals.

  • Biden in Asia

    Donald Emmerson     |      November 11, 2020

    Joe Biden’s immediate priority following his inauguration on 20 January 2021 will be domestic, difficult and crisis-driven, but Biden will begin his foreign policy by re-entering the world.

  • Australia – The hapless country?

    ANU Editorial Board     |      January 13, 2020

    On climate change and Australia’s geopolitical future, political time is running out. Whatever the sentiment before this summer’s horrific fires, the political pressure on Morrison’s febrile coalition has increased dramatically.