Investor-State Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Debunking the Myths
Patrick Carvalho
13 April 2016 | Research Report 13

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a legal provision in international agreements that enables foreign investors to take host states to an arbitral tribunal for alleged treaty breaches. The goal of investor-state arbitration is to provide a de-politicised, unbiased and law-based adjudication forum to guarantee the…

The Wasatia Movement: Moderation & Tolerance in Islam
Mohammed Dajani
04 June 2015

Dr Mohammed Dajani, founder of the Wasatia Movement, discussed the formation of Al Wasatia, the first Islamic Palestinian organisation to call for a negotiated peace with Israel and to suggest the adoption of liberal values such as tolerance, freedom of speech, rule of law, pluralism,…

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’…

Media & Commentary

Pyongyang: the truths
Tom Switzer
01 September 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

North Korea’s decision to launch an intermediate ballistic missile over Japan was dangerous and destabilising. But although there are no easy answers when it comes to dealing with Pyongyang, it…

In praise of Southeast Asia’s miracle
Tom Switzer
11 August 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

If you didn’t notice that this week marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), don’t worry: most Australians didn’t either. But ASEAN’s milestone…

Sultan and Tsar walk into a bar...
Anastasia Glushko
11 December 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

…and the world comes pretty close to WWIII. Two weeks ago, fighter aircraft from NATO’s second-largest military, Turkey, shot down a Russian military plane along the Turkish-Syrian border, killing one of the pilots. Russian…

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…