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Publications

What are We Fighting For? Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas
David Kilcullen
03 May 2015 | OP140

Counterinsurgency expert and military strategist Dr David Kilcullen delivered The Centre for Independent Studies’ 2014 John Bonython Lecture with a crucial and fascinating exploration of recurring Occidentalism, why Western values are anathema to Islamists, and why we must take decisive action now to counter the…

Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order
Benjamin Herscovitch
01 September 2014 | FPA10

With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition to a balance of power system divided between China, the United States, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To mitigate dangerously destabilising…

Preserving Peace as China Rises I
Benjamin Herscovitch
13 March 2014 | FPA9

Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese ambitions is urgently needed. This report proposes three complementary strategies to safeguard stability in the Indo-Pacific: Prolong US leadership; protect the territorial status quo; and pursue a policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’…

Accountable Authoritarianism: Why China’s Democratic Deficit Will Last
Benjamin Herscovitch
31 October 2013 | FPA8

The Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need not produce democracy. By pursuing a moderate reformist agenda within the framework of one-party rule, the CCP will secure its grip on government and ensure that political decisions remain…

Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards
Benjamin Herscovitch
19 February 2013 | IA137

Australia’s Asian embrace: Australia’s exports to Asia are almost triple its exports to the rest of the world, and 7 out of Australia’s top 10 trading partners are in Asia. Exporting to Asia’s burgeoning middle-classes: With the number of middle-class consumers in Asia set to…

Media & Commentary

Beware the ideology of Islamism
Benjamin Herscovitch
30 January 2015

The latest spate of radical Islamist terrorist attacks on schools, cafes, offices and other 'soft targets' has again ignited debate about Islam's compatibility with liberal democracy. Some commentators have taken this…

Iraq 2014 : This time it's different
Amelia Haigh
10 October 2014

Equating the invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the current anti-Islamic State intervention is misleading and likely to misdiagnose the appropriate policy response. Likening it to a "beating of the…

Widening war in Iraq and Syria is a necessary path to peace
Benjamin Herscovitch
12 September 2014

US President Barack Obama was pilloried two weeks ago for admitting that his administration lacked a strategy to combat Islamic State in Syria. In Washington on Wednesday, he hit back…

Counterbalancing China in a post-American Asian order
Benjamin Herscovitch
05 September 2014

Since World War II, the United States has been Asia's benevolent hegemon. Capitals across the region-from Seoul to Canberra-have depended directly on Washington for their security, while US military might has…

Hard-headed realism needed in the South China Sea
Benjamin Herscovitch
13 August 2014 | Business Spectator

Hopes of resolving the South China Sea’s bitter territorial disputes have once again proven illusory. Meeting in Myanmar over the week-end, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) shied away…