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Category: Policy

Quick comment: Sean Dorney on Australia-PNG relations

It’s a big week for Papua New Guinea in Australia. Prime Minister Peter O’Neil is in town for talks with Tony Abbott, there’s a big PNG mining and petroleum investment conference underway in Sydney,...

Myanmar police force needs more foreign help to reform

Two years ago, I wrote that the Myanmar Police Force (MPF) was gradually being recognised as a large, increasingly powerful and influential organisation that, in a more civilianised form, was likely to become a...

Cyber wrap

It has been a big week for cyber here in Canberra so this week’s edition is all about Oz. The biggest news came on Thursday when Prime Minster Abbott travelled to the shores of...

Lowy Institute’s books of the year 2014, part 1

As we approach Christmas, we offer selections from Lowy Institute staff and Interpreter contributors for the best book they have read this year. Unreliable Memoirs, by Clive James. Selected by Michael Fullilove, Executive Director...

Reader response: Pacific labour mobility

Graeme Dobell argues in his latest post that ‘the one thing the Islands want from Australia and New Zealand—labour mobility—is the one thing Australia and New Zealand won’t give’. He says that ‘If PACER...

NATO Ministers Boost Support For Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers approved fresh support for Ukraine and condemned Russia Tuesday for backing pro-Moscow rebels as the alliance signed off on its new training mission in Afghanistan. …read more Read more here:: Defense...

The startling inequality of Hong Kong

Old Lum’s price is HK$220 (US$28). His service is washing cars in the parking lots of Kowloon Tong, where his regular customers, Hong Kong’s old-money types, live and work. To see him in action...

Is L-3 “Ripe for a Spinoff”?

The largest defense contractors are conglomerates, and excessive conglomeration may not be helping the customers. Last month I argued that the rumored spinoff of Oshkosh’s military trucks business wouldn’t be good for either the...

Highlights video: Angela Merkel’s 2014 Lowy Lecture

[vimeo:113340984] The 2014 Lowy Lecture has been widely acknowledged in international press as signaling a turning point for German foreign policy: …the speech the German chancellor gave in Australia, a few days after Vladimir...

Forget the carrier option

Yes, it’s a good thing that the debate about the possibility of buying the F-35B has ‘opened up’. But that’s simply because it’s good to talk. Politics will prevent it from maturing beyond a...

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