November, 2017

GAI China experts on the Foreign Policy White Paper

Why Australia’s China policy in the White Paper is misleading The recently released Australian Foreign Policy White Paper (WP) aimed to “chart a clear course… Read More

India in Australia’s evolving Indo-Pacific outlook

Few differences between the 2003 Foreign Policy White Paper and the 2017 version are as stark as the treatment of India. In the earlier document,… Read More

Treading a fine line between voicing concerns and building bridges with China

Even a cursory reading reveals a number of noteworthy aspects of the newly released White Paper. First, compared with the previous two white papers on… Read More

Foreign policy: Charting Australia’s diplomatic future

In a rapidly changing world, the unveiling of the Foreign Policy White Paper, represents the closest thing the Turnbull government has to a map for… Read More

Technological change and the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

In November 2017, the Australian government released its Foreign Policy White Paper to a flurry of interest and speculation as to how Australia will chart… Read More

Australia’s search for a China policy

The Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peter Hartcher recently opined that for all Donald J. Trump’s manifest faults, the President has done one good thing: he has ‘shocked’… Read More

Quo vadis, Australia?

Foreign policy white papers can disappoint. More than white papers on domestic policy, they deal largely with the unknown. And, for small and medium-sized countries… Read More

Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper offers more wishful thinking than concrete ideas

A white paper has many purposes and audiences. There are, for example, the other government departments, ministers, opposition, internal staff that have to breach the… Read More

The Rohingya crisis and Myanmar’s military responses

Since October 2016, when militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked three border police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, developments in that part… Read More

Wang Huning: China’s antidote to strongman politics

In international politics, the concept of “soft power” is already well known. But in the Chinese domestic domain, the contest for power is often dominated… Read More