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Ideas@TheCentre

Ideas@TheCentre brings you ammunition for conversations around the table.  3 short articles from CIS researchers emailed every Friday on the issues of the week.

  • The morality of US military might

    14 Dec 2012

    Arguments for a US drawdown in the Asia-Pacific betray a lack of appreciation of the moral dimension of the US military presence in the region. Read More

  • Half-baked language policy is al dente

    02 Nov 2012

    White Paper is a triumph for commonsense as a false victory for the Asia literacy lobby. Read More

  • Australia’s Asian embrace

    15 Jun 2012

    As profound as the changes heralded by the dawn of the Asian Century might be, it does not require a great nation-building response from Australia - we are already deep in an Asian embrace. Read More

  • Lessons from Southeast Asia

    30 Mar 2012

    Bob Carr must now navigate Australia’s developing relationship with China. Read More

  • Southeast Asia’s American Embrace

    02 Mar 2012

    In November 2011, Barack Obama made his first (and long-awaited) official visit to Australia. Australia and the United States share a close relationship, but this visit was more significant than usual. With... Read More

  • America’s Burma thaw motivated by Southeast Asian strategy

    03 Feb 2012

    Washington has long been a fierce critic of the Burmese regime, and its recent olive branch is partly motivated by a desire to improve human rights in Burma. Read More

  • Indonesia cagey on US ties

    18 Nov 2011

    Obama’s visit to Australia and Indonesia ushers in a new era of engagement but with quite different foreign policy reactions. Read More

  • Will development lead to democracy in Southeast Asia?

    16 Sep 2011

    Malaysians and Singaporeans, now well accustomed to economic growth and development, are slowly beginning to demand political freedoms. Read More

  • Publications

    1. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

      With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...

    2. Preserving Peace as China Rises I

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

      Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...

    3. Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

      Simon Cowan | 24 Oct 2012 | Policy Monographs

      Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as... Read More...

    4. BOOK REVIEW: Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade

      Eric Jones | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

      Rivals: How The Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade by Bill Emmott (Allen Lane, 2008).

    5. Australia and the Future of Nuclear Deterrence

      Robyn Lim | 01 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

      Strategic developments in North Asia are being driven by North Korea’s dangerous missile and nuclear brinkmanship, as well... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. The difficulty of reforming China’s economy

      Simon Louie | 10 Nov 2014 | Online Opinion

      Since Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening up in 1978, China’s economy has enjoyed 35 years of growth at rates averaging ... Read More

    2. Moral mission of small government

      Greg Lindsay | 27 Jun 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

      Regardless of which party wins the election in September, the new government will have much more important issues to deal ... Read More

    3. Business didn’t wait for White Paper

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 Nov 2012 | The National Business Review

      We can expect meagre policy returns from the Asian Century White Paper.... Read More

    4. A cultural revolution to celebrate

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 Oct 2012 | The Spectator

      In a very real sense, Australia is already Asian.... Read More

    5. Sorry, Malcolm, Australia needs the US in the Asian century

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Jun 2012 | The Age

      Now is the time for our friendship with America to prosper and thrive.... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. The morality of US military might

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 14 Dec 2012

      Arguments for a US drawdown in the Asia-Pacific betray a lack of appreciation of the moral dimension of the US military presence ...

    2. Half-baked language policy is al dente

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 02 Nov 2012

      White Paper is a triumph for commonsense as a false victory for the Asia literacy lobby....

    3. Australia’s Asian embrace

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 15 Jun 2012

      As profound as the changes heralded by the dawn of the Asian Century might be, it does not require a great nation-building ...

    4. Lessons from Southeast Asia

      Jessica Brown | 30 Mar 2012

      Bob Carr must now navigate Australia’s developing relationship with China....

    5. Southeast Asia’s American Embrace

      Jessica Brown | 02 Mar 2012

      In November 2011, Barack Obama made his first (and long-awaited) official visit to Australia. Australia and the United States ...

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