The Centre for Independent Studies contributes to public debate on a range of topical foreign policy issues.
With the US strategic ‘pivot’ to Asia and China’s economic and military resurgence, Australia’s regional foreign policy is increasingly contentious. The CIS will continue to advocate pragmatic and cautious foreign policy settings to help safeguard a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific.
CIS foreign policy research has extended from defence policy to global democratisation, but now focuses on China-Australia relations, the US security presence in Asia, Chinese foreign policy, and foreign aid.
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01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis|
With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...
13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis|
Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...
31 Oct 2013 | Foreign Policy Analysis|
The Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need... Read More...
19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis|
Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more... Read More...
24 Oct 2012 | Policy Monographs|
Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as... Read More...
Opinion & Commentary
10 Oct 2014 | Business Spectator|
Beyond inspiring global solidarity, the impassioned pleas for genuine democracy in Hong Kong are even converting mainland ... Read More
06 Oct 2014 | Online Opinion|
Combating Islamic State’s deadly global reach gets more urgent by the day.... Read More
09 Sep 2014 | Business Spectator|
At the peak of American power in the immediate post-Cold War period, then-US President George H.W. Bush declared the birth ... Read More
13 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator|
Hopes of resolving the South China Sea’s bitter territorial disputes have once again proven illusory.... Read More
21 Jul 2014 | China Spectator|
In the South China Sea, Beijing still refuses to accept the rules of conduct, preferring to bully its way to control of disputed ... Read More
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