2015 John Gee Memorial Lecture - Watch the full video

Chaired by ANU Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans, the 2015 John Gee Memorial Lecture was delivered by DFAT Secretary Mr Peter N Varghese AO, who spoke about the critical work of arms control in the 21st century.

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Peter Varghese

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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Asia Pacific: stability and strategic transformation?

The Asia Pacific continues to risk its most precious asset: the confident expectation that the region can preserve order and stability while managing a strategic transformation of historic proportions.

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The China-Japan relationship

Dr AMY KING collaborates on two new publications offering fresh perspectives on the past, present and future of the China-Japan relationship

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing in November 2014, the first leaders-level meeting in two years. PICTURE: Kim Kyung-Hoon / REUTERS / AAP


The ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) is Australia’s oldest, largest and highest ranking academic institute for strategic studies research, education and commentary. Our focus is on understanding the complexity of Asia’s strategic environment, Australia’s place in it, and the utility and application of armed force in international affairs.


In the media


Australia's Syrian combat commitments out of step with Western partners

In the 14 years since 9/11, Australian political leaders have learnt little about war.

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Is this the end of defence bipartisanship?

Our major parties shouldn't paper over their differences on defence policy in the name of biparti

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China's strategists are not supermen

As a fresh set of pictures of Chinese artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea

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Five years ago, Hugh White lobbed a grenade into Australia’s debate about the world with his Quarterly Essay ‘Power Shift’. His subsequent book ‘The China Choice’ and the often strong reactions to it have helped set the terms for how Australians — and increasingly many around the world — think and talk about the big strategic changes in Asia.

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With an Asia transformed by the rise of China and India, and a world preoccupied with security issues, the current century has been defined by global strategic challenges. At the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, you can acquire the analytical frameworks you need to understand the complexity of this contemporary strategic environment, and Australia's place in it.

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