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Friends, Allies and Enemies
Asia’s Shifting Loyalties
“These are anxious times. Not since early 1942 have Australians felt so in need of allies, yet been so unsure of their major ally … Canberra is eagerly, even desperately, looking for new protectors.” HUGH WHITE
The tenth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the alliances, blocs and rivalries emerging across the Asia-Pacific as nations adjust to the changing balance of power.
Friends, Allies and Enemies considers Australia’s diplomatic options as loyalties shift in an increasingly turbulent region.
- Hugh White argues that Australia’s plan for countering Chinese ambitions – building new alliances in Asia – is destined to fail.
- Rory Medcalf considers the potential of multilateral forums such as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.
- Karen Middleton examines how foreign aid and diplomacy can strengthen ties with our neighbours.
- Patrick Lawrence calls on Australia to bid farewell to US influence in the Asia-Pacific and embrace an Asian-led regional order.
- Allan Behm proposes a bold new Pacific aid donors’ conference led by Australia.
- Primrose Riordan details the rapacious effects of China’s new security law in Hong Kong.
- Timothy J. Lynch examines the challenges ahead for the United States.
- Renée Fry-McKibbin surveys capitalism’s failure in the midst of COVID-19.
- Sophie Chao reports on the West Papuan struggle for independence.
- PLUS Correspondence on AFA9: Spy vs Spy from John Hewson, Jenny McAllister, Lesley Seebeck and more.
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Next IssueAFA11 - February 2021
The March of Autocracy
Australia’s Fateful Choices
The eleventh issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the rise of authoritarian and illiberal leaders, whose growing assertiveness is reshaping the Western-led world order.
The March of Autocracy explores the challenge for Australia as it enters a new era, in which China’s international sway increases and democracies compete with their rivals for global influence.
- Professor of politics at the University of Sydney John Keane on despotism and the new Cold War between the United States and China.
- Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program Sam Roggeveen on the American contest against authoritarianism and how it is shaping US foreign policy.
- Chinese culture and politics expert Linda Jaivin on what diplomatic and political levers Australia has at its disposal in dealing with China.
- Senior lecturer in international politics at the Australian National University Darren Lim and research fellow at the Lowy Institute Natasha Kassam on how authoritarianism has risen in China and elsewhere in the wake of COVID-19 and a global shift in power.
- Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre Ashley Townshend on how and why Australia should lead an international initiative to counter disinformation.