September, 2023

Finding a place for youth leadership in Australia’s new International Development Policy

HELEN BERENTS AND KATRINA LEE-KOO |  Asia and the Pacific are the most youthful regions of the world, with 25 per cent of their populations aged between 15 and 29. Combined, the two regions are home to 60 per cent of the world’s youth. Yet, in Australia’s new International Development Policy, young people are virtually absent as the agents and partners who can forge the region’s future. Read More

As Russia woos nations to support its war in Ukraine, will fault lines deepen around the globe?

MATTHEW SUSSEX | For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the mistaken belief that he could conquer much of Ukraine in a few days highlighted the depth of his hubris. Since then, his decision to continue the onslaught has revealed the ongoing practical costs to the Russian military. Now, Moscow’s attempt to meet those costs is also showing how the world is beginning to split along broad, albeit fuzzy, lines of competition that could resonate beyond the Ukraine war. Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 13 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Catch up on what's been happening in the Pacific with Tess Newton Cain including a new government in Vanuatu, rugby related angst in Fiji, and much more. Read More

India pushes China to the margins of the G20

IAN HALL | New multilateral agreements unveiled on the sidelines of the G20 show how India has been working hard to curtail China's strategic influence. Read More

Danger Will Robinson: Warfighting robots fast approaching

PETER LAYTON | "Mass is the new black"... In his latest piece, Peter Layton warns that cheap drones built in the thousands are setting the scene for future conflicts. Read More

Southeast Asia snapshot #57

SOVINDA PO | In this week's Southeast Asia snapshot, Sovinda Po looks at the election of Thailand's new Prime Minister while Singapore gears up for its upcoming Presidential election. Meanshile US, Japan, Australia and the Philippines conduct joint naval drills, highlighting the importance of maintaining strong alliances and fostering regional security in an ever-changing global landscape.. Read More

Australia’s Pacific mindset: From Federation to today

IAN KEMISH AM | In the final instalment of this three-part series, Ian Kemish outlines how a concern to manage international security threats was firmly embedded in Australian national thinking in the early post-federation years, how events since then have served to entrench this view, and why it is important that we change.  Read More

US military plans to unleash thousands of autonomous war robots over next two years

PETER LAYTON | The United States military plans to start using thousands of autonomous weapons systems in the next two years in a bid… Read More

Whether on Russia or China, clearly Baerbock is driving Germany’s change

IAN KEMISH AM  | Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s address to the Lowy Institute this week highlighted the significant changes in German foreign and security… Read More


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