Obama visit lifts lid on simmering Asia tensions

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U.S. President Barack Obama landed in Tokyo last week to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia. “East Asia is a tumultuous region with a multitude of fractures that the US has done little to mend over the last half-century”, said Christian Wirth, a […]

PM pitch-perfect on Asia

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In an article published today for The Australian, Rowan Callick mused on the apparent success of talks held this month by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his recent Asian tour. Returning with two signed Free Trade Agreements and another in discussion, the success of the tour is at odds with the common attitude that Australia’s Liberal governments are poor […]

Chinese territorial disputes may escalate this year

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Territorial disputes between an increasingly assertive China and its regional neighbours Japan, South Korea, The Philippines and Vietnam  dominated coverage of the region in 2013.  Analysts are warning that any of these disputes could potentially escalate into armed conflict in 2014.  Professor Andrew O’Neil comments on this issue in an interview with ABC Radio National […]

Dynamic Change in Northeast Asia’s Security Landscape

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The inaugural Asian Century Futures Initiative: Australia-Korea Dialogue was held on the 6 December 2013 at Nathan campus. A joint initiative of the Griffith Asia Institute and the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yonsei University the workshop explored Australian and Korea perspectives on the change underway in the Asia-Pacific, the key policy […]

Things just got a little more tense on the Korean peninsula

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In an opinion piece for The Interpreter, Professor Andrew O’Neil writes ‘For those watching developments on the Korean peninsula, the default position is to gauge North Korean behaviour as the barometer for stability and instability in the region. However, this week, evidence that South Korea is becoming increasingly nervous about North Korea’s evolving strategic capabilities […]