September, 2017

Commercial drones: Privatising air power

In irregular wars, the state has traditionally had a monopoly on the use of air power. This has now been overturned. With the rise of small, … Read More

How to fix America’s North Korea strategic failures

North Korea has the initiative. It is now firing rockets over the Japanese home islands and has seemingly tested a hydrogen bomb weapon. Read More

The fallen idol: Aung San Suu Kyi and the politics of personality

Myanmar studies have always attracted strong views. Particularly since 1988 there has been a history of polemics, biased reporting and emotive commentary. Some scholars and… Read More

Training program on water governance for Lao officials

During September, fifteen Lao nationals from the Faculty of Water Resources, National University of Laos and the Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources… Read More

It’s dangerous to indulge Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s latest missile test is part of a broader strategy to showcase the growing reach of its weapons of mass destruction. This highly destabilising… Read More

A big step back for Myanmar

It is always difficult to know exactly what is happening in Myanmar, particularly when eye-witness accounts and reliable reports are dismissed by the Naypyidaw government… Read More

Limiting China’s future strategic predominance

Mr Peter Varghese AO, recently retired Department of Foreign Affairs head, has laid out his vision of a possible new regional order.  The order… Read More

Doklam, the diplomacy of anger, and the Sino-Indian standoff

The ten-week standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, in territory disputed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Bhutan, was finally concluded on… Read More

A Contested Asia: What comes after US strategic predominance?

2017 Griffith Asia Lecture by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 6 September 2017 I would like to begin by commending… Read More

Explainer: how international competition affects how much you earn

Low wages growth has been a spectre hanging around the Australian economy for some time. In our series What We Earn we unpick the causes for… Read More