James  Curran
James Curran

James Curran is a professor of history at the University of Sydney and non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

As a contributor

Does China really want to attack Australia?

The latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines China’s ultimate goals as an emerging superpower, including the extent of its territorial ambitions.

The New Domino Theory looks at Australia's place in China’s long-term plans and at the threat – if any – that Beijing poses to Australian security, politics and society. 

Essays include:

  • Power play: What does China want from Australia?
  • Uncommon destiny: How Beijing sees the world
  • Agents and influence: Inside the foreign interference threat
  • No daylight: Behind the Labor-Coalition consensus on AUKUS and China

PLUS Correspondence on AFA18: We Need to Talk About America, The Fix, and more

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Asia's Huge Question

Could India, an emerging giant and growing geopolitical player, change the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific?

AFA1 The Big Picture
Towards an Independent Foreign Policy


Extracts by James Curran

Behind Keating’s Pact with Indonesia