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The fox and the wolf: Liberal Islamophobia and the pressure of ‘moderate’ Islam

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem, In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Becoming a Muslim convert is a unique experience. It allows you to truly see how comfortable people are in their bias. The first thing that I noticed in the people around me was the discomfort towards my change. They would make …

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How Australia’s ‘pale, male and stale’ media is hindering our relationship with ASEAN

With Asian-Australians facing heightened racial abuse, Australia’s lack of diversity in media newsrooms has damaged Australia’s relationship with ASEAN through sensationalist reporting of COVID-19.  As coverage of COVID-19 continues to dominate the media, an increasing dark sentiment towards Asians has been made apparent with the pandemic fueling verbal harassment, physical intimidation towards Asians in Australia …

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Disinformation, Disunity, and Division in Southeast Asian Elections

The outcome of Malaysia’s 14th General Election in 2018 was not decided in the public forums, on television, or even in the streets. It was settled in WhatsApp chats, by chain messages, and on Facebook. The election saw the opposition led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad end the ruling Barisan National coalition’s 60-year rule of Malaysia. The result …

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Out of sight, out of mind: Lessons from COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter for Criminal Justice Reform

Locked behind bars, forced into overcrowded rooms, and lacking basic sanitary equipment such as soap, tensions rise as inmates fear for their lives. Social distancing in prison is impossible. “We’re just waiting to die here,” are the words of one 61-year-old detainee.  The vast majority of offenders commit low-level, non-violent crimes, and they are imprisoned …

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Marine environmental security in the South China Sea

Australia should lead a marine environmental security initiative in the South China Sea, acting as a mediator between claimant states in forming a policy framework for the region where marine environmental security is the focus. In recent years, disputed territorial claims over the South China Sea has led to increased geopolitical tension in the Indo-Pacific. …

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The New Great Game: Contested Regional Leadership in the South Pacific Theatre

The practice of international relations has historically been understood as a Great Game played between opposing players vying for geopolitical control and influence. Within the context, as the world’s eyes begin to turn towards the South Pacific Region, what can Australia do to formulate an effective regional foreign policy? The Great Game was a concept …

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Are China and Australia now ‘frenemies’? What recent developments really say about our relationship.

Tensions between China and Australia are at an all-time high in wake of an escalating political crisis between the two countries. Australia’s diplomatic relationship with China has traversed on rocky ground for years, albeit occurring somewhat more covertly prior to 2020. The recent cancellation of two leading Chinese scholars Australian visas, the evacuation of Australian …

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An Indo-Pacific Space Security Alliance is what Australia, the Indo-Pacific, and the world need.

Indo-Pacific nations are growing sovereign capabilities in the increasingly militarised space domain. An alliance focused on joint operations in space situational awareness and satellite assurance is required to ensure the security of our growing catalogue of essential space assets.  The modern world is run by satellites. They provide our navigation data, they’re the backbone of …

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More than just ‘kawaii’: Soft-power within the Asian arts and entertainment industry

We live in a country where the arts and entertainment sectors are under attack. With the recent cost increases to arts degrees, and the effect of COVID19, the Australian entertainment industry is looking bleak. However, there is a solution. The impact of many Asian entertainment industries as a form of soft-power should not be underestimated, …

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Domestic Abuse and COVID-19: The Case for Australian-ASEAN Co-operation

The Case for Caring Despite the various cultural differences between Australia and the member nations of ASEAN, the countries have a collaborative history reaching back to 1974, where Australia became the first dialogue partner to ASEAN. Despite these cultural differences, Australia and ASEAN are facing similar ripple effects of COVID-19 – a startling rise of …

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