Blog Profile / The Interpreter

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Archived Since:August 31, 2011

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Testing times for Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is paying a high political price for spearheading a European Union deal with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of refugees from the Middle East to Germany and northern Europe. The deal, which is basedShow More Summary

Modi’s panic button for women's safety: Pros and cons

The Modi Government’s quest to ensure women’s safety in India has resulted in a ‘panic button’ policy. From 1 January next year, all mobile phones sold in India must be equipped with panic button technology. From 2018, all mobile phones must have GPS tracking. Indian government ministers were quick to praise Modi’s announcement. Show More Summary

Aid & development links: Happiness Report, Australian aid budget, Venezuela's two-day work week and more

By Chloe Hickey-Jones, an intern in the Institute's Melanesia Program. The World Happiness Report for 2016 has been released. Australia is ranked in the top 10. Check it out here. The fourth annual Aid Budget Breakfast will take place this Wednesday 4 May, following the release of the latest Australian federal budget. Show More Summary

Let's get strategic about border security

Over the last five or so years, Australia’s public policy discussions on borders have hardly been strategic. Discussions have instead coalesced on mandatory detention of irregular maritime arrivals, at-sea turn back policies, and Australian...Show More Summary

Australian aid tumbled in 2015

With the first Turnbull Government budget this week, it is important to take stock of the impact the Coalition government has had to date on Australia's aid program. Perhaps the largest foreign policy legacy of the Abbott Government has been the impact it had upon Australian aid. Show More Summary

Yes, the US is at a fork in the road: Please bear with us

Easy, Australia. Don’t let some bombast and uncivil language from Donald Trump change your view of the United States and its intentions. We share a language, a set of values and too many common interests to be anything but friends and allies. Cover your ears and bear with us for another six months. Show More Summary

The political economy of home-made submarines

So we’ve decided to build twelve submarines in Adelaide, a decision which: contradicts the only idea that economists unanimously endorse — free trade; ignores opportunity cost i.e what else might be done with $50 billion of labour, capital...Show More Summary

Weekend catch-up: Australia's submarine bid, Manus Island, cyber strategy, Brexit and more

The winning foreign bidder for Australia's long-anticipated future submarines was revealed on Tuesday – the French-owned DCNS. The announcement followed leaks in the Australian media last week that Japan had effectively been excluded from the deal, even while a Japanese Soyru-class submarine was visiting Sydney Harbour. Show More Summary

Quick comment: Beijing's 'passive assertiveness' in the South China Sea

The Lowy Institute has published a major new report on China's behaviour in the South China Sea. 'Shifting Waters: China's New Passive Assertiveness Asian Maritime Security' finds that China has changed its tactics in recent times: there...Show More Summary

Civilians are running out of options in Afghanistan

Two month ago I wrote a blog outlining the continued deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan. The situation does not look any better today. Last week a truck bomb was set off in Kabul killing at least 68 people and injuring 347. Show More Summary

Here’s how to end UN peacekeeping’s history of sexual violence

After years of moral outrage and stern official rhetoric, the odious scandal of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers of the vulnerable people they are sent to protect may finally attract tangible penalties for the organisation. US senators...Show More Summary

Digital Diplomacy links: UN #NextSG, Frank Underwood, Popegrams, army blogging and more

As Australian digital diplomacy strives to catch up to rest of the world, these monthly links highlight the most creative and effective ways countries are leveraging the internet for foreign policy gain. A fantastic blog post by @Lorey...Show More Summary

This week in Jakarta: Santoso, Abu Sayyaf and the 'Great Garuda'

[youtube:N9uxswz4nyI] The hunt continued this week for Indonesia's most-wanted terrorist, as Jakarta prepared for talks with Malaysia and the Philippines over another ISIS-linked threat in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, President JokowiShow More Summary

The Taliban three years after Mullah Omar

By Catherine Hirst, an intern in the Lowy Institute's West Asia Program. This month marks the three year anniversary of the death of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the infamous, one-eyed cleric who led the Taliban for more than sixteen years. Captured...Show More Summary

Four reasons why a frontrunner for UN chief remains elusive

Earlier this month, nine candidates for UN secretary-general (SG) sat in the hot seat for a first round of unprecedented 'informal dialogues' before the UN General Assembly. Over the course of three days, the candidates rotated in two-hour...Show More Summary

Panama Papers: Days are numbered for offshore accounts and letterbox companies

It took a series of whistleblowers and the resulting toughness from US authorities to force Switzerland to lift its vaunted banking secrecy. It took 'Luxleaks' for a spotlight to be turned on the officially sanctioned but clearly scandalous tax-saving practices of multinational companies. Show More Summary

In French-Australian submarine deal, broader political and strategic context mattered

Economic good news is rare these days for the current French Government. So earlier this week, when the announcement that Canberra had chosen the French option for what was termed in Paris the 'contract of the century', it made headlines...Show More Summary

Online censorship: A new flank in the US-China trade wars?

Remember Hillary Clinton's internet freedom agenda? In a groundbreaking speech in 2010, Clinton outlined her State Department policy for promoting internet freedom in the context of human rights and democratisation. This meant funding...Show More Summary

The AIIB and NDB BRICS enter a new phase

'Only one of these institutions sounds like a new bank'. That was the conclusion of one attendee at the Think20 Conference in Shanghai in February after a session featuring four international financial institutions: the Asian Infrastructure...Show More Summary

Pacific Island Links: Manus Island bombshell, MSG tension, no Fiji chiefs council and more

[youtube:y05UoA7gfiY] On Tuesday Papua New Guinea’s supreme court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal and ordered the governments of PNG and Australia take immediate action to end the practice. Daniel...Show More Summary

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