This series showcases the cutting-edge academic research of women in the fields of Asia-Pacific security broadly-defined, and is targeted at international scholarly communities working on this important region. It is jointly supported by the Graduate Research & Development Network for Asian Security (GRADNAS) and the ANU Gender Institute. It is part of the ANUWIIS initiative.

25 February 2021| Krista WiegandPower Projection and Deterrence: South China Sea Disputants as Pawns in the U.S.-China Rivalry

In the past decade, China has pursued consistent low-level provocations against disputants to seize or prevent other states’ access to islands, maritime features, and waters in the South China Sea. China could significantly benefit from access to oil, natural gas, seabed resources, and maritime trade lanes by controlling these features.

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2 December 2020 | Oriana Skylar Mastro | Posing problems without shackling up: Prospects for a Sino-Russian alliance and implications for Asia-Pacific security. 

Is China forming a balancing coalition against the United States, in particular with Russia? The most recent scholarship does not address China’s balancing strategy because it focuses on explaining secondary states’ response to China’s rise. Work in the realist tradition does predict China will ally with other nations but does not provide insights into security behaviour short of alliances, which more accurately characterizes Beijing’s strategy to date.

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2 November 2020 | Alice D. Ba, Elizabeth Thurbon, and Natasha Hamilton-Hart | What's so special about Asian security? Dealing with economics and institutions

Are the security landscape and dynamics in Asia significantly different compared to those in other world regions? Is there anything ‘special’ about Asian security that necessitates alterations or additions to the theories, concepts or methods of standard international relations or security studies research? This interactive webinar explores two potentially potent themes that could make Asia’s security order and practices distinctive: the centrality of economics in regional security imperatives and concepts; and the rise of multilateral institutions as a core pillar of regional security in the past three decades

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