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. What are We Fighting For? Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas

    David Kilcullen | 10 Feb 2015 | Occasional Papers

    This volume brings together two presentations and the introductions from an event hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies... Read More...

  2. What are we fighting for? Islamism and the threat to liberal values

    David Kilcullen | 12 Nov 2014 | Speeches

    Dr David Kilcullen's address for the 2014 John Bonython Lecture

  3. 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...

  4. FEATURE: The East is Authoritarian: Why China Will Not Democratise

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 30 Apr 2014 | POLICY Magazine

    The Chinese Communist Party may carve out an enduring place for its own brand of accountable authoritarianism.

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Beijing’s hypocrisy on Ukraine discredits Chinese foreign policy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 11 Feb 2015 | Business Spectator

    Last week’s three-way meeting between the Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers in Beijing offered a stark lesson ... Read More

  2. Don’t rule out war with China

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Jan 2015 | Business Spectator

    Canberra should offer no assurances of neutrality and should leave open the option of joining a US-supported Japanese war ... Read More

  3. Mercantilist mindset and good fortune make successful China policy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    While the Abbott government trumpets its China-Australia free trade agreement win, it continues to stumble over the non-commercial ... Read More

  4. Why Bob Carr is right about China

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Nov 2014 | China Spectator

    Canberra must remain ready to point out with ‘absolutely unruffled’ confidence that pursuit of Australia’s national ... Read More

  5. Comment: Democracy with Chinese characteristics

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 10 Oct 2014 | Business Spectator

    Beyond inspiring global solidarity, the impassioned pleas for genuine democracy in Hong Kong are even converting mainland ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Fight against Islamic State demands a Syrian solution

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 Feb 2015

    Speaking in federal parliament on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop lamented the sexual slavery and abuse facing the ...

  2. Disaster management, not demand management

    Simon Cowan | 30 Jan 2015

    The global financial crisis re-ignited a division in economics between those who believe governments should boost demand ...

  3. Beware the ideology of Islamism

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 30 Jan 2015

    The latest spate of radical Islamist terrorist attacks on schools, cafes, offices and other 'soft targets' has again ignited ...

  4. Your Bumper, Blockbuster, Holiday-Issue Ideas@TheCentre

    | 19 Dec 2014

    With CIS taking a break over the holiday season, we wanted to bring you a special issue of Ideas to finish the ...

  5. Economic liberals should exercise caution in their praise of Narendra Modi

    Trisha Jha | 28 Nov 2014

    Much has been made about Mr Modi’s ‘pro-business’ stance, but developments thus far suggest that enthusiasts of economic ...

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