Australian Outlook - The Vulnerable Country
AIIA Policy Commentaries
Emerging Scholars Series
Australian Journal of International Affairs
The AJIA is edited by Professor Andrew O'Neil, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute and publishes high quality scholarly research on international political, social, economic and legal issues, especially (but not exclusively) within the Asia-Pacific region. The journal is published five times a year by Routledge Taylor and Francis.
Membership of the Institute in Australia includes receipt of the Journal. For direct AJIA subscriptions see the subscriptions page at Taylor & Francis.
Australia in World Affairs
The AIIA publishes the definitive series Australia in World Affairs on Australia's foreign policy. This book series has been published since 1950 and is currently edited by Professors James Cotton and John Ravenhill.
Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010 - Middle Power Dreaming
The AIIA is delighted to announce the latest issue in the series of Australia in World Affairs, entitled Middle Power Dreaming: Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010. Due to be released in December 2011, this publication can now be ordered using the order form below.
The latest volume in this definitive series on Australia’s foreign policy, now completing its sixth decade, charts Australia’s foreign policy recalibration after the Howard government’s bilateral approach via the “Rudd experiment” to the young Gillard administration. It describes the years between 2006 and 2010 as an era characterized by the Global Financial Crisis, disillusionment regarding the ‘War on Terror’, and the dawn of the Asian century.
The AIIA is selling the book at a A$79.95 compared to a standard price of A$90.65; AIIA members pay only A$59.95 when ordering directly from the AIIA. Packages combining the issue with the Australia in World Affairs 1950-2000 CD-ROM are also available. An eBook edition (9780195519013, $79.86) will be available from through the publisher and VitalSource (http://vitalsource.com/bookshelf) from February 2012.
Australia in World Affairs - Trading on Alliance Security 2001-2005
The previous issue Trading on Alliance Security, covering the years 2001-2005, charts the Howard government's response to a particularly demanding external environment, in an era when foreign policy issues had a significant impact on domestic electoral politics.
Australia in World Affairs - 1950-2000 (CD-ROM)
This CD-ROM outlines Australia's turbulent foreign policy between 1950 and 2000 as seen through the AIIA's successful series Australia in World Affairs series. Nine volumes totalling 3,500 pages are now available in searchable pdf format, providing an invaluable resource for those interested in Australia's foreign policy.
There are only a few countries in the world which can pride themselves of having their foreign policy since 1950 as continually scholarly researched and commented as Australia. This remarkable collection is especially useful for policy-makers, diplomats, historians, researchers, academics, and professors offering courses on Australian foreign affairs, international relations, Australia's diplomatic history, and the political evolution of the Pacific Rim area.
In fact, it is Australia's diplomatic history at its most convenient and accessible, and a treasure trove of ideas, successes, and setbacks. Limited edition only.
1995-2000 Edition - The National Interest in a Global Era
Copies are available at the AIIA National Office.
1991-95 Edition - Seeking Asian Engagement (Edited by Prof James Cotton and Dr John Ravenhill)
Copies are available at the AIIA National Office.
The Australian Institute of International Affairs has published a book exploring aspects of the tenure of The Right Honourable R.G. Casey (Lord Casey) as Minister for External Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia from 1951 to 1960.
This is a consequence of a forum entitled "R.G. Casey as Minister for External Affairs 1950 - 60, Fifty Years On" held to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Casey's retirement at the Sir David Smith Meeting Rooms in Government House Yarralumla in February 2010.
The book has been edited by Melissa Conley Tyler, John Robbins and Adrian March.
A PDF version is available for download.
Hard copies are available for purchase from the AIIA National Office for $29.95 and the special price of $19.95 for AIIA members.
Domestic Public Diplomacy
The AIIA has released a discussion paper on domestic public diplomacy prepared with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The paper looks at the efforts of various ministries of foreign affairs around the world to establish relationships with their domestic publics.
A 2007 report by the Senate Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recommended that a public communication strategy and other programs be designed and implemented – not only to inform the public about Australia’s public diplomacy, but also to facilitate the participation of domestic actors in Australia’s public diplomacy objectives. This research compiles international experience to assist with this task.
It was written by AIIA CEO Melissa Conley Tyler, and research interns Abbas Abbasov, Nina Gibson and Fiona Teo.
Going Global - Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea and
South Africa in International Affairs
The AIIA has recently published Going Global, edited by Melissa Conley Tyler and Wilhelm Hofmeister. This book examines the assumed responsiblities of these five countries after the formation of the Group of 20 (G20). How these countries have approached their new roles in the world and in their specific regions has been analyzed at a forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 2010. These analyses are presented in this volume.
For Going Global order form click here.
G20 Perceptions and Perspectives for Global Governance
Ever since the financial crisis in 2008, the group of G20 has become a new forum for dialogue, consensus and coordination between important political leaders in the world.
The emergence of the G20 is raising questions about its competences and capabilities. Some of these questions have been discussed during a conference organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Seoul, in May 2011. This book edited by Wilhelm Hofmeister is a collection of articles based on that conference.
It provides perceptions and perspectives for global governance from a broad variety of backgrounds, countries and cultures and aims to contribute to the discussion shaping the G20 process.
For order form click here.
Australian Outlook - The Vulnerable Country
The AIIA is pleased to announce the publication of The Vulnerable Country: Australia and the Global Economy by Dr Tom Conley. This book examines the factors that contribute to Australia's unique economic situation.
AIIA Policy Commentaries
The pieces in this policy commentary look at Japan’s economic and security trajectory. The introductory contribution by Nobuhide Hatasa of the Japan Institute of International Affairs sets the context by detailing the current state of the Japanese economy including the optimism following Prime Minister Abe’s return to power. ‘Airport Economist’ Tim Harcourt analyses Japan-Australia trade prospects and identifies the factors which could strengthen economic relations. While these two contributions are broadly positive on the economic side, the same cannot be said about the strategic challenges Japan faces. ANU Fellow Dr David Envall identifies Japan’s strategic challenges in its major relationships. He argues that the return of Prime Minister Abe has not led to a major shift in strategic direction but rather significant continuity, with the main area of potential change in the area of constitutional reform. ANU Professor Rikki Kersten describes the dilemma caused by the revival of Japanese assertiveness since Abe’s re-election and Japan’s moves towards normalisation in the context of a US rebalance that will fundamentally affect Japan’s place in the US alliance system. She views the current trajectory of Japanese security policy as unlikely to achieve Japan’s strategic objectives.
This policy commentary charts the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade negotiations for Australia's trade and foreign policy more broadly. Bryan Mercurio of the Chinese University of Hong Kong charts the history of the TPP and the game-changing entry of Canada, Mexico and, particularly, Japan. Stephen Grenville of the Lowy Institute casts a cautious eye over the regulatory issues being negotiated in the TPP and looks at the implications for Australia of signing. Finally, Peter Drysdale and Jayant Menon in pieces published in the East Asia Forum contrast RCEP with the TPP and delineate the recent challenges faced by RCEP.
In this commentary, former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Australian National University Professor Ramesh Thakur outlines the importance of the United Nations and the potential for Australia to contribute creatively and effectively through the UN. UNSW legal academic Christopher Michaelsen gives an overview of the responsibilities and powers of the Security Council with a focus on its operations and current agenda. Thom Woodroofe examines what Australia should seek to achieve during a term on the Security Council if elected and looks at the other countries likely to be on the Council during 2013-14. Finally, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Mexico Guillermo Puente Ordorica looks back at Mexico’s experiences on the Security Council during its term in 2009-10 to provide lessons for other countries to draw on. Together they provide valuable insights for Australians interested in the United Nations and its key organ, the Security Council.
The AIIA's April 2012 Policy Commentary is entitled ‘No Eutopia: The European Union Today’. The ongoing ‘euro crisis’ in the European Union is one of the most important issues in international relations today. The headlines have been filled with stories about debt levels and austerity measures in Greece, mass unemployment in Spain and prophecies that Europe is disintegrating. At the same time, cooperation on a Common Foreign and Security Policy is gradually increasing and the EU now provides over half of all overseas development aid worldwide. This Policy Commentary looks at how the EU is faring as it struggles to deal with the economic crisis and what the EU today means for Australia. Peter O’Shea discusses the EU’s response to the current euro crisis and argues that the crisis, far from leading to the collapse of the eurozone, is already providing the impetus for renewed integration. Donald Kenyon AM gives an overview of EU-Australia trade and suggests that current cooperation in trade is the best it has been in decades, with re-engagement overcoming historical tensions. Professor Martin Holland sketches a vision of a European entity that is growing into its international role: somewhat hesitantly in defence policy; more confidently in development aid and poverty reduction. Together, the contributors suggest that while Europe is no utopia, it will continue to develop, including through crisis and conflict, in ways that have global impact.
The AIIA's January 2012 Policy Commentary, entitled "Cross-Straits at the Crossroads: Taiwan's 2012 Elections,” gives a timely appraisal of various issues surrounding the presidential and legislative elections due to take place in Taiwan on 14 January 2012. It allocates particular attention to the impact that the elections might have on relations between Taiwan and China, and addresses the way that cross-strait relations influence political affiliation and exacerbate divisions in the Taiwanese polity. In the publication, Professor Malcolm Cook outlines the possible results of the elections and analyses the implications for cross-strait relations: either a continuation of policies, albeit in a more difficult environment, or the potential for dramatic change. Associate Professor You Ji also analyses these scenarios with a focus on how either result will be viewed in Beijing and what changes to China’s cross-strait policy can be expected. Dr Chen-shen Yen examines the potential results for both the presidential and legislative elections and raises the intriguing possibility of a “cohabitation” result in which one party wins the presidency and the other the legislative majority. Finally, Ross Maddock looks at the historical issues underpinning the elections and addresses their likely result and the effect they might have on both Chinese and Australian business relations with Taiwan. Please click the above link to download a PDF copy of the commentary.
The AIIA has released the April 2011 Policy Commentary entitled "ICT4IR: International Relations in the Digital Age” which focuses on the impact of Information and communication technology (ICT) on international relations. In this volume, Dr Alison Broinowski comments on WikiLeaks from the perspective of a former Australian diplomat; she analyses the polarised and often immoderate reaction to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Fergus Hanson outlines the potential for ICT to assist the work of foreign ministries, particularly in public diplomacy, and the adaptation that will be required of them. Professor Anthony Billingsley evaluates the immediate and longer-term contribution of social media to the current wave of change in the Middle East and North Africa. Finally, Dr Myriam Dunn Cavelty identifies the pervasive narrative of cyberthreat and looks at the case of the Stuxnet worm; her conclusion is to focus on mitigation rather than succumb to fear of ‘cyberdoom’. Together these contributors aim to spark discussion, not to end it.
The new AIIA's Policy Commentary released on 1st November 2010 is entitled "Democracy and Discontent : the 2010 Elections in Myanmar" and aims to provide informed opinion and useful source documents on the Myanmar's general elections to be held on 7th November 2010, the first in twenty years. You will find represented in this volume some key documents to give context to Myanmar’s elections including the Myanmar Government’s Roadmap to Democracy and responses from Australia, the European Union, ASEAN and the United Nations. You will also find commentary by three expert authors analysing the likely impact of Myanmar’s elections. Morten Pedersen assesses the prospects for change and democracy in Myanmar following the elections, and rates the former better than the latter. Mely Caballero-Anthony looks at the ramifications of the elections for ASEAN and its policy of constructive engagement; while Trevor Wilson looks at what China and India have at stake strategically in Myanmar and their expectations of the elections.
The AIIA's Policy Commentary published in August 2010 is entitled 'Looking West' and aims to raise public awareness of the significance of the Indian Ocean. The Policy Commentary begins with two public statements; one is a paper presented by Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Stephen Smith MP, and the other is an address by Julie Bishop MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, addressing the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean region. Thereafter, five experts contribute essays. Sam Bateman, Professorial Research Fellow in the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong, and a Senior Fellow in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, discusses maritime and maritime security issues in the Indian Ocean. Then, Ian Hall, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Griffith Business School, explains the growing importance of India as a rising power. Auriol Weigold,Visiting Fellow at the University of Canberra, writes about the Australia-India Relationship. Finally, Roger Donnelly and Benjamin Ford, respectively Chief Economist and Senior Economist at the Australian export credit agency, discuss Australia's complex relations with Africa. Please click on the link to download a PDF copy of the commentary.
In May 2010, the AIIA has released a Policy Commentary entitled: “Nuclear Futures? The 2010 NPT Review Conference and Australia’s Nuclear Policy Options” so as to provide Australian and International public with an outlook on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation issue and contribute to debate on this latter. The first part of the Policy Commentary is composed of key resources such as public statements, remarks, press conference and press release that were made by the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, President Barack Obama and the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and disarmament. In a second part, four essays tackle a specific aspect of the issue. These analyzes have been written by Marianne Hanson, Reader in International Affairs at the University of Queensland; Richard Broinowski, Adjunct Professor at the university of Sydney; Dr Andrew Newman, Research Associate, John F.Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Adjunct Research Associate, Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash university; and Professor Andrew O’Neil, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University.
The AIIA's Policy Commentary published in June 2009 is entitled 'Perspective on Pakistan' aiming to raise public awareness of the contemporary Pakistani issues. The Policy Commentary begins with two public statements; one is President Zardari's inauguration speech, and the other is statement by the Hon Stephen Smith MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affaris and Trade, addressing future relationship between Australia and Pakistan. Thereafter, three experts contribute essays. Ashutosh Misra, Research Fellow at the Griffith University, explain democratisation in Pakistan. Then, Happymon Jacob, Assistant Professor at the University of Jammu, discusses contemporary India-Pakistan relations from Indian perspective. Finally Salma Malik, Lecturer at the Quaid-i-Azam University, forecasts Pakistan-US relations under the Obama Administration. Please click on the link to download a PDF copy of the commentary.
The AIIA has released the December 2008 Policy Commentary entitled "Bear on the Prowl? The Return of Russia as a Great Power", to contribute to debate on the implications of a resurgent Russia in world affairs. The policy commentary utilises key resources from the European Union, and statements by Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, and the Hon. Stephen Smith, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as analyses by Prof. Paul Dibb of the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Prof. Alexey D, Muraviev of Curtain University, and Dr. Kirill Nourzhanov of the Centre of Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University. Please click on the link to download a PDF copy of the commentary.
The AIIA Policy Commentary in June is entitled "China and the Olympics." Many different viewpoints come together in this publication to help put this complex and controversial event into perspective. Media releases from top officials in the Chinese government, the International Olympic Committee, and even the Australian Government, combined with analyses from leading academics from all around the world, will contribute to the debate surrounding the Olympic Games. Contributing academics are: Dr John Lee of the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, Erping Zhang of the Association for Asian Research in New York City, and Yang Zerui of the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing. Please click on the link to download a PDF copy of the commentary.
The AIIA Policy Commentary of March 2008, entitled "Bali and Beyond: Planning for a Post-Kyoto World", reprints the official output of the conference, the Bali Action Plan, together with two insightful and contrasting commentaries by leading academics: Robyn Eckersley is a Professor at the University of Melbourne; Dr Michael Heazle is at the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. Click on the link to access the media release.
The latest Policy Commentary, entitled "A Nuclear North Korea?", is a valuable contribution to the debate on North Korea's recent nuclear test. It brings together key resources to examine these issues, including official statements from North Korea and Australia, UN Security Council Resolution 1718 and three commentaries by leading experts who have closely followed developments on the Korean peninsula and who offer fresh and convincing answers to the most pressing questions arising following North Korea's test: Rod Lyon of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Andrew O'Neil of Flinders University, and the former Australian ambassador to South Korea Mack Williams.
The AIIA Policy Commentary of July 2006 on Australia's White Paper on Foreign Aid includes the speech given by the Hon. Alexander Downer MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the launch of the White Paper and two commentary articles by Dr Robert Glasser, Chief Executive of CARE Australia and Toby Carroll and Shahar Hameiri, experts from the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University.
Emerging Scholars Series
The AIIA launched a new Emerging Scholars series promoting the work of young researchers in international affairs in November 2007.
The inaugural volume includes reports on a variety of areas including the role of Australian peacekeeping in East Timor, Australian-Indonesian public diplomacy, Australia and the South Pacific, the role of global Institutes of International Affairs, a Comparison of Globalisation in Australia and Vietnam, an APEC Free Trade Area and the China-India relationship and its implications for Australia.
The 2008/2009 volume features papers on the potential role for Australia as an intermediary between China and the United States, the effects of UNHCR policy on Burmese refugees living in Thailand, the experiences of youth involved in the dispute over Kashmir, the cultural dimension of the recent conflict in Georgia, and a comparison between multicultural policies in Australia and Singapore. This volume also includes an analysis of Australian foreign policy under recent governments of varying political persuasions, a report on the structures and norms of democratic states and a paper on the challenges faced by the UN Security Council in the twenty first century.
The 2009-2010 volume contains chapters on the capabilities of the International Criminal Court in Africa, civil society in Thailand, links between political ideologies and the media in the two Koreas, the role of global civil society in wealth distribution, international reactions to terrorism through history, the meaning of normalisation for Japan, how private military contractors engage international humanitarian laws, what modern-day state actions fall under the list of prohibited uses of force, and whether the term “victory” can be applied to the US in Iraq.
The 2010-11 volume includes pieces on the application of international humanitarian law to terrorism, the difficulties of distinguishing between combatants and civilians in asymmetrical warfare, the potential nexus between organised crime and terrorism in Papua New Guinea, illegal immigration in the Asia Pacific and Mediterranean, the expanding role of information and communications technology in international human rights advocacy, public diplomacy at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, morality and national interest in aid policy, a social development and human rights approach to crime prevention, the dynamics of the US-Australia relationship and the future of the Arctic.
The 2011-12 volume includes papers on energy security, food security, nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, the role of the media in democratic participation in Indonesia, Shari’a law in Aceh, human security in West Papua, Iran’s strategic interests, the Shi’a political movement in Lebanon, counterterrorism, digital diplomacy and the UN Security Council’s decision-making regarding intervention in Libya and Syria.
The 2013 volume includes papers on the Scottish Independence referendum, security in the Indo-Pacific, nationalism in the Philippines, the India-Pakistan dynamic, minerals and aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the role of discourse in diplomacy, international organisations the IMF and WTO, private military firms, illegal immigration and the role of second track dialogue in the Australia-China relationship. For the first time, the 2013 volume is edited by former interns Mhairi Cowden, Eva Entenmann and Alix Kearney.
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QA is an entirely volunteer based publication with its editorial team located in Melbourne. QA published in browser friendly html format, in downloadable pdf, and in print which is distributed to AIIA branches and university libraries across the country. If your library doesn’t have a copy get them to order it in.
There are currently few avenues for non-established writers in Australia to voice their insights on global events. It is our hope that Quarterly Access can help act as a stepping stone for young writers, as well as expand Australian public debate and promote in-depth discussion of international issues.
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A wide range of books have been published by the AIIA since it was established in 1933. Out of print books are available from publisher ProQuest. We list the catalog of titles here. For information on any other publications, please contact the national office of the AIIA.
Other publications issued in association with the Institute include:
- The Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies edited by Dr John Ravenhill, Australian National University (ANU)
- The series Regime Change and Regime Maintenance, edited by Dr Ron May also of ANU.
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