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How seriously does Australia take the learning of Asian languages?

Does Australia possess the linguistic skills for deep engagement with the region? And what will it take to get more Australians to take up Asian languages?

What growing China-Russia ties mean for the world order

China and Russia are arguably closer than they’ve ever been, with rapidly growing military and economic cooperation.

Australia caught in the escalating US-China rivalry

What is the value vs the cost of Australia’s alliance with the US? And what will it take to repair relations with China?

Federalism to the rescue in ethnically divided Asian societies

How can ethnically splintered nations find a way forward? Can federalism be utilised to ease conflict and promote stability?

Pakistan, the Taliban, and the future of Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban is poised to take the reins in Kabul with the looming withdrawal of US troops. Although dependent on Pakistan in the past, the Taliban are now more geopolitically savvy.