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An Appraisal of Australian Maritime Strategy: Part II

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Anzac alongside a dhow – US NAVY via Wikimedia Commons

This post follows on from Part I to look at long-term and geographically dispersed Australian maritime strategies.

The importance of China

In East Asian regional security analyses, emphasis is often placed on the Malacca Strait between Malaysia and Indonesia as the main …

Presidential Palace, Astana, Kazakhstan. Kluzniak, M. Flickr Creative Commons.
Asia / Blog

Central Asia: Misconceptions and ‘The New Great Game’

National oil and gas company, Kazakhstan. Wikimedia

The original ‘Great Game’ refers to the 19th century power struggle between British and Prussian empires over Central Asia. At the time, when the Prussian empire occupied positions in the Eurasian heartland, H. J. Mackinder described the region as “the pivot region of the world’s politics”. However, after …

Crescent group of the disputed Paracel Islands. via Wikimedia Commons.
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Troubled Waters: Land Reclamation and Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

Crescent group of disputed Paracel Islands, 2008. via Wikimedia Commons.

The arena of a number of competing territorial claims – including from China, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan – the South China Sea is at the core of converging regional interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Encompassing an area through which 40 percent of the world’s …

HMAS Darwin
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An Appraisal of Australian Maritime Strategy: Part I

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin. Photo source: Kristopher Wilson via Wikipedia Commons.

Australia is often overlooked as an important contributor to East Asia’s economic and security developments in analyses regarding the region’s maritime environment. Though situated on the periphery, divided from the main areas of concern by the Indonesian archipelago, Australia has close ties, …

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The EU’s role as a partner for peace in Mindanao

Peace activists demand resumption of Peace – Morohistorywatch via Wikimedia Commons

The Mindanao Conflict is classified as a part of a group of distant forgotten conflicts hardly ever gaining coverage in Western media over the past decades. It is one of the oldest conflicts with its roots dating back to the early 16th century. The …

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons
Americas / Asia

The Geopolitics of the Oceans

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons

The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth. They have been and still are an integral part of human history, our food chain and environment. Yet, most geopolitical discussions nowadays are focused on land based territorial disputes. This …

A high demand for smartphones in India - Nicolas Mirguet via Flickr Creative Commons
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‘Make in India’ courts East Asia

A high demand for smartphones in India – Nicolas Mirguet via Flickr Creative Commons

Launched in 2014, ‘Make in India’ is a foreign policy initiative of Modi’s government in India. As its title suggests, the initiative is India’s biggest push to date to become a world-leading manufacturing centre.

Although most sectors are covered, from heavy industry to hospitality, …

Cummins College of Engineering for Women via  Wikiimedia Commons
Africa / Americas

The Workforce and Women: Is it only a third world problem?

Cummins College of Engineering for Women via Wikimedia Commons

Women make up just under half of the world’s population and there has been a great advance in their rights. However, has it gone far enough?

The change in the job market has meant there has been a greater need for different skills, skills in which cannot be …

Asia / Blog

Turkey’s Future: a discussion on the recent parliamentary election

What does the future hold for Turkey? (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Turkey safeguarded its democracy – this was the first and foremost remark after the results of the election were announced. However, when it comes to politics, change is always a tumultuous process – the lost majority of the main political party presupposes coalition building, which …