Foreign Policy

foreign-policy

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

With the US strategic ‘pivot’ to Asia and China’s economic and military resurgence, Australia’s regional foreign policy is increasingly contentious. The CIS will continue to advocate pragmatic and cautious foreign policy settings to help safeguard a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific.

CIS foreign policy research has extended from defence policy to global democratisation, but now focuses on China-Australia relations, the US security presence in Asia, Chinese foreign policy, and foreign aid.

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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. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. How to counterbalance China's swelling military power

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 Sep 2014 | Business Spectator

    At the peak of American power in the immediate post-Cold War period, then-US President George H.W. Bush declared the birth ... Read More

  2. Hard-headed realism needed in the South China Sea

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator

    Hopes of resolving the South China Sea’s bitter territorial disputes have once again proven illusory.... Read More

  3. Beijing sinks South China Sea code of conduct

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 21 Jul 2014 | China Spectator

    In the South China Sea, Beijing still refuses to accept the rules of conduct, preferring to bully its way to control of disputed ... Read More

  4. Beijing’s real international ambitions

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 11 Jun 2014 | China Spectator

    Beijing will continue to violently revolt against Asia’s territorial status quo.... Read More

  5. China's Leninist impulses hold the country back

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 03 Jun 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Each year the CCP summarily incarcerates and places under house arrest activists, journalists and academics it worries will ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. The Bennetts of Beijing: marriage market, Chinese-style

    Jenny Lindsay | 19 Sep 2014

    'It's all about the hardware and the software', said Lisa, our knowledgeable 32 year old Beijing guide. She looked surprised ...

  2. Widening war in Iraq and Syria is a necessary path to peace

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Sep 2014

    US President Barack Obama was pilloried two weeks ago for admitting that his administration lacked a strategy to combat Islamic ...

  3. Counterbalancing China in a post-American Asian order

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 05 Sep 2014

    Since World War II, the United States has been Asia's benevolent hegemon. Capitals across the region-from Seoul to Canberra-have ...

  4. The tragedy of 1914 and the precarious peace of 2014

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 08 Aug 2014

    The similarities between Europe’s disastrous great power politics of 1914 and Asia’s geostrategic rivalries of 2014 are ...

  5. Mentioning the war doesn't discredit government's deft diplomacy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 18 Jul 2014

    Canberra’s affection for Tokyo puts Australia at odds with China, yet a disconnect between Beijing and Canberra is sometimes ...

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