Foreign Policy


The Centre for Independent Studies contributes to the debate on a range of foreign policy issues.

Australia’s foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region has become increasingly contentious. With the rise of China and India, and US foreign policy in Asia becoming more assertive, the CIS continues to advocate policies for a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific region.

CIS foreign policy research has extended from immigration to foreign aid, but now focuses on US-China relations, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

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  1. 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...

  2. Accountable Authoritarianism: Why China’s Democratic Deficit Will Last

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 31 Oct 2013 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    The Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need... Read More...

  3. Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more... Read More...

  4. 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...

  5. BOOK REVIEW: The World America Made

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 22 Sep 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    The World America MadeBy Robert KaganReviewed by Benjamin Herscovitch

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. China's rise is waking up the neighbours

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 03 Apr 2014 | China Spectator

    Worryingly for Beijing, key Asian powers are banding together in a bid to contain China’s territorial and strategic ambitions.... Read More

  2. US military might ensures Beijing's bark is worse than its bite

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 17 Mar 2014 | On Line Opinion

    Washington should continue to use its security presence in the Western Pacific to caution against and undercut Chinese attempts ... Read More

  3. Washington should not give ground in Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | China Spectator

    Will a weary Washington soon be forced to concede regional leadership to a bullish Beijing?... Read More

  4. Australia's overseas aid should focus on domestic reforms

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 Nov 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Thestrategic goals guiding Australia's aid program are admirable but exclude the most powerful tool for fuelling economic ... Read More

  5. China’s adaptive authoritarianism is here to stay

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 18 Nov 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Capitalist liberal democracy’s twentieth century victories against expansionist fascism and communism were hard-won and ... Read More

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  1. Abbott's diplomacy will pay dividends

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 04 Apr 2014

    The Australian government’s prioritisation of economic diplomacy is perfectly suited to deepening relations with China....

  2. US power the best bulwark against China's assertiveness

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 14 Mar 2014

    Is China set to ride roughshod over the territorial claims of its maritime and continental neighbours?...

  3. Government not to blame for Canberra's China challenge

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 28 Feb 2014

    With capitals across Asia finding relations with an emboldened Beijing increasingly fraught, Canberra’s foreign policy ...

  4. Government wise to stand firm on China

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 24 Jan 2014

    In the face of bullish Chinese foreign policy and diplomatic posturing from Beijing, the government is wise to stand firm....

  5. US military mettle welcomed in Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 29 Nov 2013

    China’s Air Defense Identification Zone over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has sparked a testy diplomatic row....

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