Australia has a duty of care to refugees

The case of an asylum seeker who was allegedly raped at a detention centre in Nauru has again shown that Australia has a duty of care - and must act on it, writes Carly Gordyn.

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Bell School wins more than $835,000 in ARC funding

Academics based at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University have won more than $835,000 for four projects in the latest Australian Research Council funding round.

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Don't attack Transfield over detention centres, attack the contract

Companies like Transfield are under attack for running offshore migration detention centres, but they are the wrong target, argues Carly Gordyn.

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Strengthening state resistance for the prevention of mass atrocities

Sometimes controversial in its application, it is now ten years since the unanimous endorsement of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the 2005 UN World Summit, writes Cecilia Jacob and Stephen McLoughlin.

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UNAMID Philippine contingent. United Nations Flickr

Why Isn’t Beijing Excited About Xi’s Trip to the United States?

The recent stock market turbulence and rising questions about Xi’s competence mean China’s leadership has bigger issues to worry about than cybersecurity or bilateral trade writes FENG ZHANG.

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