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Gough Whitlam’s China legacy

Gough Whitlam with Hu Jintao in September 2007. (REUTERS/Will Burgess.) Lowy Institute Non-Resident Fellow Murray McLean began his association with Asia in the early 1970s when he was a language student in Hong Kong,...

Welcoming #PresidenJokowi

The hashtag #presidenjokowi was a worldwide trending topic on social media yesterday as Indonesia welcomed its new president, Joko Widodo, who is better known as Jokowi. Driving this trend were the enthusiastic netizens of...

Can Coastal Artillery Backstop the Navy?

Yes, but there are hard ways and easy ways for an army to stand up new capabilities. The question of coastal artillery was all over the trade press last week, starting with a speech...

NGOs, climate aid, and China’s change of heart

In what is becoming an all too regular scene, the recent UN Climate Summit saw impassioned pleas by the leaders of developing countries calling for stronger climate action. The President of the Seychelles, one...

FPDA—not fade away

Three years ago the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) celebrated its 40th birthday, an anniversary that sparked a flutter of international curiosity about this most eclectic of regional security frameworks. By way of animal...

Cyprus Cries Foul as Turkish Vessel Enters Waters

Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of taking ‘provocative and illegal’ action by sending a survey boat to an area where the Cypriot government has licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas. …read more

North Korea in a fluster about Kim Jong-un?

On October 19, Korean Central TV (KCTV, central state broadcaster) released footage of Kim Jong-un greeting medalists from the Incheon Asian Games, in a move confirming his continued presence. But this latest coverage of...

US Airdrops in Syria May Strain US-Turkish Relations

On Sunday night two US Air Force C-130s flew into Syria without fighter escort to deliver 27 bundles of weapons, ammunition and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, Syria, which...

Ukraine Liveblog Day 245: Huge Explosion In Donetsk

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue...

The WTO is in big trouble

The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, says the institution has descended into ‘paralysis‘. Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, Bali, 2013. Following the failure to get India to...

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,...

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