From foes to friends

Increasingly the region’s militaries, including Australia’s, are looking to defence diplomacy to resolve disputes and prevent conflict. But does it work, asks Hamish McDonald.

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Photo by Department of Defence.

Asia's long peace could shatter on some rocks

China-Japan dispute could see Australia and US drawn into nuclear war in North Asia, warn experts.

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A Japanese F15J. Photo from Wikimedia commons.

Obama, Xi stake claims on Asia Pacific

Hugh White on why Asia's future peace and prosperity hangs on the US-China relationship.

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Xi Jinping and Barack Obama.

U.S. Resistance to China’s Regional Bank Is Futile - Hugh White

America is right to worry about Beijing’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank because it is about much more than economics.

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


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Why the jury is still out on defence diplomacy

Military diplomacy might strike some as an oxymoron, like military intelligence, as former Austra

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Middle Eastern military campaigns undermine our regional ties

Australia has long struggled to balance military commitments in places like the Middle East with

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So much for the pivot to Asia - John Blaxland

Our focus on joining the war in the Middle East has effectively derailed the so-called pivot or r

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Following the Democrats' defeat in the Mid Term Elections, President Barack Obama is showing his strengths in negotiating a climate change deal with China, argues ANU SDSC's Dr John Blaxland. 

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