Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has formally opened the 2017 Crawford Australian Leadership Forum with a speech outlining the challenges and opportunities Australia faces from the rapid changes to technology.
The ways in which Chinese President Xi Jinping's regime controls its citizens has been put under the microscope in new research from The Australian National University (ANU), published in the fifth annual China Story Yearbook.
The book's editor Associate Professor Jane Golley, Deputy Director of the ANU Centre on China in the World, says most people think of government control as being negative, but it can also have positive outcomes.
An ANU climate policy expert says the world would be better off if the US withdraws from the global climate agreement finalised in Paris last year.
The White House has said it is close to a decision on whether the US will remain in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In a commentary published in Nature Climate Change, Dr Luke Kemp from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society said a rogue US can cause more damage inside rather than outside of the global agreement.
Michael Wesley takes a look at a new book by Andrew Selth and the story of how a poem by Rudyard Kipling took an empire in retreat by storm.
In May of 2004, Andrew Selth and I were in London. We were both intelligence officials, and had stopped into city on our way to a conference on new frontiers in intelligence analysis taking place in Rome.