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Category: Policy

Can Widodo stop Indonesia’s increasing Islamisation?

By John McBeth Joko Widodo’s campaign to turn back the rising tide of Islamisation in Indonesia may become the dominant preoccupation of his second five-year term as president, overshadowing his far-reaching infrastructure program and...

Is Russia the Middle East’s new hegemon?

By Shlomo Ben-Ami The collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago meant that its once-formidable presence in the Middle East collapsed as well. Today, however, as the United States has withdrawn from the...

The rise of women CEOs in Australia’s aid NGOs

By Terence Wood and Sherman Surandiran In 1995, when Suzette Mitchell studied the gender composition of senior staff in Australian aid NGOs, she found that 67 per cent of organisations had men as executive...

Protests over petrol put Iran’s government on notice

By Ian Dudgeon Petrol rationing and major fuel price hikes in Iran, and the rioting that followed, have demonstrated the extent to which international sanctions are hurting the oil-rich nation. Protests broke out in...

National security wrap

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard The beat Italian police recover ancient treasure trove Officers from a unit of the Italian Carabinieri have arrested 23 people involved in trafficking stolen archaeological artefacts....

Asia–Pacific broadcasting review misses the point

By Geoff Heriot There is something a little disconcerting about the work done jointly by the Department of Communications and the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in their report of...

Time for European defence autonomy

By Noëlle Lenoir In a recent interview with The Economist, French President Emmanuel Macron presented his geopolitical vision of the European Union’s future. In the process, he spoke of a ‘NATO brain death’, which...

The Great Game in the South Pacific

By Graeme Dunk The Great Game was played by Great Britain and Russia throughout the 19th century and reflected the two powers’ political and strategic jostling for influence across Central Asia. It was essentially...

Reviewing the Department of Defence (part 2)

By Graeme Dobell Australian defence reviews always wail about fuzzy accountability and indirect responsibility. The critique was immortalised by Defence Department Secretary Allan Hawke, back in 2000, when he decried ‘a culture of learned...

Women’s economic empowerment: lessons from Fiji

By Farida Fleming and Menka Goundan The Fiji Women’s Fund (the Fund) has learnt three key lessons in supporting women’s economic empowerment (WEE) over the three years that the Fund has provided grants to...

Ending our China policy fictions

By Michael Shoebridge Further graphic revelations have emerged about how the Chinese state under General Secretary Xi Jinping is using its power against its own people and in the world in ways that are...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state The European Union has announced 13 new projects to be funded under its Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) initiative. Two focus on naval defence: the...

The coming nuclear crises

By Richard N. Haass Until just a few years ago, it looked as if the problem posed by nuclear weapons had been successfully managed, if not solved. American and Russian nuclear stockpiles had been...

Australia and the Goldilocks bomber

By Marcus Hellyer In my previous post, I examined whether the B-21 bomber being developed by the US Air Force could be a viable long-range strike option for Australia. It would provide our air...

Megaprojects before people in Oecussi

By Michael Rose In June 2014, a breathless headline on the MacauHub website announced a momentous event in the long and storied history of Timor-Leste’s remotest district. ‘Development of Oecussi enclave, Timor-Leste, begins in...

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