What’s behind Australia’s $1 billion defence deal with Germany?

PETER LAYTON | Early last year, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a major historical turning point—a zeitenwende. That turning point… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 5 July

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Shipping and climate change in focus for Pacific countries Negotiations ahead of this week’s meeting of the International Maritime Organization… Read More

Australian Defence’s Forgotten Indian Ocean Territories

PETER LAYTON | ‘Location, location, location’ is the key to understanding Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories (IOT). Christmas Island is some 1500km from Australia with… Read More

Southeast Asia snapshot #53

SOVINDA PO | ASEAN to hold its first joint military exercise The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will conduct its first-ever… Read More

The persistence of sexual violence in conflict: Ending the zero-sum approach

SARA E DAVIES AND JACQUI TRUE | Over twenty years ago, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security… Read More

Expanding the Women, Peace and Security agenda to the next frontier—space

KAREENA DHILLON AND ELISE STEPHENSON | The United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda reflects strong evidence that involving women in… Read More

A Tale of Two Myanmars

ANDREW SELTH  |   As the civil war in Myanmar drags on, most foreign governments appear to have concluded that the military regime will survive… Read More

Southeast Asia snapshot #52

SOVINDA PO | The current political situation in Cambodia  Ahead of the national elections in July 2023, Cambodia has seen more political momentum… Read More

Pacific Perspectives on the World three years on: progress, problems, and gaps

JAMES COX  |  In 2019 I convened a team of local and Australian researchers (led by Griffith’s Tess Newton Cain) who brought together the… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 7 June

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Great Council of Chiefs convenes  In Fiji the Bose Levu Vakaturaga (Great Council of Chiefs) has convened… Read More


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