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Category: Policy

Is Australia’s influence over Papua New Guinea declining?

Australian Defence white papers have long identified the strategic import of ‘a secure South Pacific and Timor-Leste’. As renowned strategic thinker T.B. Millar once reflected, Papua New Guinea is an ‘an exposed and vulnerable...

Australia–Indonesia relations under Jokowi

The first thing that Joko Widodo will think about when he wakes up today, the day of his inauguration as president, won’t be Indonesia’s relationship with Australia. Nor, for that matter, with the other...

Which countries are driving global growth?

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. With the G20 focused on increasing economic growth, it’s worth remembering where the global action is. The above graph from the IMF Multilateral Policy Issues Report,...

Russia Should Be Called Muscovy, Some Ukrainians Say

Staunton, October 17 – Given that Vladimir Putin can barely acknowledge Ukraine as a country and has twisted language about Russia’s role there beyond recognition, some Ukrainians think that it would be well for...

Jokowi’s big day

Joko Widodo’s supporters have been waiting a long time to celebrate his victory as the democratically elected president of Indonesia. On election day in July, Jokowi (as he is more commonly known) asked his...

Will Jokowi skip the G20 in Brisbane?

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, will be inaugurated today in a ceremony in Jakarta to be attended by Tony Abbott and the leaders of a handful of other neighbours. Abbott’s presence...

Canberra’s unholy trinity

Here’s Canberra lore—or three rules of an Unholy Trinity—explaining how politicians operate. When nothing makes sense, rely on the Trinity pulsing beneath the surface of party, parliament and government: It’s always personal There’s always...

North, South Korean Troops Exchange Border Fire

North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula. …read more

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