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Blog Post Archive

Weekend catch-up: Abdullah, SOTU, IMF and Ebola, death penalty and more

Bringing together the best longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. This week US President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address for 2015, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away, with Crown Prince Salman assuming the throne. Show More Summary

How Chinese media covered Obama's State of the Union

In his State of the Union address on Wednesday, President Obama mentioned China a total of three times. One was to praise China's commitment to cut carbon emissions. The second was to encourage American manufacturing executives to bring back jobs from China. Show More Summary

So long, farewell

It's always good to leave a job while you're still enjoying it. After almost eight years, today is my last day as director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute. I am proud to have contributed a substantial part...Show More Summary

India links: Hindu nationalism, Obama visit, India-Israel, China's ascent and more

This is my last week at the Lowy Institute, and this will be my final India Links. Thank you to all the readers who have followed this series, and everyone who has tweeted or emailed suggestions over the years. Tanvi Madan argues that...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia has a new king with the same old policies

New Saudi monarch King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (Wikipedia.) With the death of King Abdullah, the Saudi succession machinery has immediately swung into action. The Saudi monarchy prizes stability, and in order to forestall any damaging...Show More Summary

Global Risks 2015: Interstate conflict on the rise

The World Economic Forum in Davos is in full grandiose swing. Aside from the questionable message of having Al Gore and Pharrell Williams relaunch the Live Earth concert at an event that attendees reportedly used over 1700 private flights...Show More Summary

Freedom of the press in Fiji under pressure

Fiji held its highly anticipated election in September 2014, but does that make it a democracy? There's much more to a functioning democratic system than people putting a mark on a piece of paper and dropping it in a box. Even the international...Show More Summary

Indo-Pacific security links: Congress and the pivot, Sri Lanka, Tejas, Vietnam and more

The Indo-Pacific is a strategic system encompassing the Indian and Pacific oceans, reflecting the expanding interests and reach of China and India as well as the enduring role of the US. The Lowy Institute's International Security program...Show More Summary

A Chinese canal in Nicaragua?

There is pride in Hong Kong that a local private company is pushing ahead with perhaps the world's largest-ever civil works project, the 280km long, 500m wide Nicaragua Canal. Construction began in December 2014. HKND Group ChairmanShow More Summary

SOTU reax: The Bush shadow lingers

[youtube:Z8LqG_Ld0Dw] President Obama set the theme for this year's State of the Union address early: 'the shadow of crisis has passed', he declared, and throughout the speech he returned repeatedly to the idea that America is a 'strong,...Show More Summary

The Liaoning story says much about modern China

The South China Morning Post has published a terrific series on the remarkable story of a near-derelict unfinished Soviet aircraft carrier which was rebuilt by China to become its first carrier, the Liaoning. Most incredible is the revelation...Show More Summary

Book review: The China-Pakistan Axis

In 1965, a Pakistani military delegation traipsed to Beijing in hope of replacing equipment they'd lost in the previous year's war with India. Premier Zhou Enlai, meeting the delegation, was bewildered by their request for only 14 days' ammunition. Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Manus Island, MDGs, Fiji-Solomons airline dispute and more

The asylum-seeker stand off on Manus has been resolved but with tensions still high on the island it is worth re-reading this article from Jenny Hayward-Jones on how Australia’s asylum-seeker obsession risks damaging Australia-PNG relations. Catherine...Show More Summary

Australia's Security Council presence will be missed

Ambassador Gary Quinlan chairs a UN Security Council meeting, 27 September 2013. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif.) The farewell receptions are taking place, featuring far superior wine than is ordinarily on offer at Turtle Bay drinks parties.Show More Summary

Defence White Paper shaping up

The AFR's John Kerin yesterday had the inside mail on the upcoming Defence White Paper, and his headline judgment is this: Notwithstanding having to mention the current anxiety about resolving maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas, this is a document that will view China as more friend than foe. Show More Summary

Reflecting on Hun Sen’s 30 years

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is celebrating 30 years in power. He is now the sixth-longest serving political leader in the world (in the company of the likes of Mugabe and Khamenei) and is Asia's longest serving non-monarch leader. To commemorate the anniversary, Human Rights Watch released a report, 30 Years of Hun Sen: Violence, Repression. Show More Summary

Indonesia leads on petrol subsidies, but will others follow?

The fall in the world oil price has created the opportunity to eliminate petroleum subsidies in a number of Southeast Asian countries. These subsidies have been the long-standing bane of economic reformers everywhere, but until now reducing...Show More Summary

China cyberspies target more than just F-35

The Fairfax papers have splashed big this morning on the latest tranche of Snowden leaks released by Der Spiegel. Specifically, Fairfax reports that China has engaged in industrial-scale cyber-espionage in order to learn the secretsShow More Summary

The AirAsia tragedy and Jokowi's maritime vision

The recovered QZ8501 'black box' at an air base in Kalimantan. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside.) When Indonesia's new president Jokowi pledged to strengthen the nation's focus on maritime affairs in his inaugural address in October last year, he could not have anticipated that the first test at sea would come from a disaster involving an aircraft. Show More Summary

Letting the urgent overwhelm the important

Although it's a few weeks old now, it is definitely worth drawing your attention to this John Garnaut column, especially since it appeared in the media dead-zone between Christmas and New Year. The piece features quotes from former Lowy...Show More Summary

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