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3 short articles from CIS researchers emailed every Friday on the issues of the week.







  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. 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. Southeast Asia’s American Embrace

    Jessica Brown | 29 Mar 2012 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    All Southeast Asian states want to take advantage of the benefits of a rising China, yet none wants it to be in a position... Read More...

  5. INTERVIEW: Australia and the Rise of China

    Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Paul Monk tells Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe that China's rise could require tough decisions about accommodating or resisting... Read More...

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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. 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

  5. Beijing's reforms entrench a democratic deficit

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 08 Nov 2013 | Business Spectator

    China’s enduring authoritarianism seems out of place at a time of explosive protest movements in Turkey, Brazil, Egypt ... Read More

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  1. 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?...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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....

  4. The end of the end of history?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Nov 2013

    Savvy authoritarian regimes around the world are plotting paths to relative peace and prosperity while denying their citizens’ ...

  5. China's Icarus sheds light on the limits of the law

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 Sep 2013

    In China, the CCP rules by means of the law rather than being constrained by the rule of law....

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