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ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Jack Norton and Malcolm Davis The world US President Donald Trump has formally kicked off his re-election campaign just 500-odd days out from the 2020 election. The New York Times dives...

A US–Iran war is in no one’s interests

By Malcolm Davis In a recent analysis, Richard Haass suggests that one way out of the current crisis with Iran is a renegotiated Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that addresses shortcomings in the...

Teflon populism

By Slawomir Sierakowski Populist rule is invariably associated with corruption, nepotism and incompetence. Why, then, do populists appear immune to scandal? Revelations that would have shocked electorates just a few years ago leave nary...

Who will save the WTO?

By David Uren The World Trade Organization is heading towards an end-of-year train wreck. Next weekend’s G20 leaders’ summit is now one of the last opportunities to switch the points to a safer track....

National security wrap

By Genevieve Feely, Rhys De Wilde, Mali Walker and Luke Courtois The beat German police commandos caught funnelling ammunition to doomsday groups In Germany, four special operations police commandos have been arrested for giving...

Don’t feed the Donald

By Shlomo Ben-Ami What do French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have in common? For one thing, they both believe that, by stroking US President Donald Trump’s fragile ego, they...

Kiribati: what will it lose when it graduates?

By James Webb Kiribati’s graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status is currently under review. If Kiribati (which has met the formal criteria for graduation) were to be graduated, it would lose access to...

Kiribati: what will it lose when it graduates?

By James Webb Kiribati’s graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status is currently under review. If Kiribati (which has met the formal criteria for graduation) were to be graduated, it would lose access to...

The fight for Hong Kong

By Keith B. Richburg The proximate cause of the recent public protests in Hong Kong, which culminated on 16 June with an unprecedented 2 million people in the streets, was an ill-advised extradition bill...

The fight for Hong Kong

By Keith B. Richburg The proximate cause of the recent public protests in Hong Kong, which culminated on 16 June with an unprecedented 2 million people in the streets, was an ill-advised extradition bill...

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