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Does provincialism matter?

Peter Hartcher's The Adolescent Country is centred on the claim that Australia suffers from a provincial reflex that demotes international affairs to a subset of domestic politics and prevents our leaders from embracing a more ambitious and expansive view of Australia's role in the world. Show More Summary

CIA torture report: Where to from here?

The landmark five-year, US$40 million Senate investigation of the official US torture regime at the height of the War on Terror elicits something that might be described as a horrifying sense of familiarity. While the sane among us knew...Show More Summary

Torture report: Emotion is poor basis for policy

[youtube:ijEED_iviTA] As we take in the appalling details of the newly released US Senate report on CIA torture, it is worth reflecting on Jeffrey Goldberg's words that blame must go beyond government. The public mood of the post-9/11 times facilitated the abuses committed by America's intelligence agencies. Show More Summary

West Papua killings cast doubt on Jokowi's promises

Five West Papuans were killed when Indonesian military and police personnel shot into a protesting crowd on Monday, local media reported. Reports say the protesters were not separatist rebels, but community members angered by the alleged...Show More Summary

Bahrain basing deal: UK returns to east of Suez

They're baaaaack... UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond used the Bahraini Government-funded Manama dialogue on the weekend to announce the signing of a Defence Agreement with the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is sometimes difficult to discern substance from symbolism in these types of announcements. Show More Summary

Indo-Pacific security links: Ashton Carter, South China Sea, Sony hacking 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

Murray Report: Capital levels a domestic concern, not international

One of the most striking aspects of the final report from the Australian Financial System Inquiry (AFSI), chaired by David Murray, is the proposal that the future capital requirements for Australian banks should be linked to international...Show More Summary

Military-police violence in PNG: Australia must pay attention

Just hours after Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo delivered a cautiously upbeat address to the parade marking the end of his first year as Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF), a handful of his troops threatened to...Show More Summary

Zhou Yongkang case won't shake China's foundations

Last weekend, Chinese media announced that former security chief and oil baron Zhou Yongkang (pictured) has been expelled from the Communist Party and now awaits trial. As the highest-level person to have been affected by President Xi's...Show More Summary

Lowy Institute's books of the year 2014, part 4

As we approach Christmas, we offer selections from Lowy Institute staff and Interpreter contributors for the best book they have read this year. Part 1, 2 and 3. July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914, by Thomas Otte....Show More Summary

Yes, there is an Asian space race

The term 'space race' entered our lexicon in the 1960s to describe the competitive nature of the space programs of the US and the Soviet Union, who were not the world's only space powers but certainly the dominant ones. The term fit the situation well. Show More Summary

Stiglitz on the Chinese century: False reassurance

Given what is happening at the venerable The New Republic, events which so richly symbolise the tumult in serious journalism in the US (if you've missed this story, try Andrew Sullivan's coverage for a passionate and not-at-all balanced...Show More Summary

Southeast Asia links: Vietnam's ship graveyard, Typhoon Ruby, Myanmar Jade curse and more

As the Thai King's health deteriorates, many analysts are concerned about the coming succession. It is certain to be a game changer in Thai politics. Pavin Chachavalpongpun's view on the succession here, and here on how the Crown Prince is cleaning house. Show More Summary

Why Peter Thiel is wrong about monopolies

A few weeks ago Sam Roggeveen quoted PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who argued that competition is over-rated and monopoly would enhance innovation. We shouldn't be surprised that business people are in favour of monopoly. In 1776 AdamShow More Summary

Documentary trailer: The Other Man

[youtube:RIt5-RuRGHE] This film, about the often overlooked contribution made by FW De Klerk to the abolition of Apartheid in South Africa, premiered at a Dutch film festival last month. Keep an eye on the official Facebook page for future screening details.

Aid & development links: Corruption rankings, Peru climate talks, refugee republic and more

With world leaders flying in for the Lima climate change meetings, listen to this Guardian podcast on what sort of climate deal the world can expect. A new UN report highlights that climate change adaptation costs for developing countries...Show More Summary

G20 Brisbane Summit: Australia's adolescence on show

Australia had a prime chance to demonstrate its adult status in chairing the G20 Summit this year. What did it do with the opportunity? It showcased some of the characteristic behaviours of an adolescent country, my term for Australia in a new Lowy Institute Paper. Show More Summary

It's time for the West to re-evaluate its whole approach to Russia

Presidential systems of government often feature an annual speech by the chief executive. In general they are carefully choreographed affairs that are less about governance than grandstanding. They tend to reflect a list of outstanding...Show More Summary

US State Department assesses China’s nine-dashed line

Last week the US State Department released a useful report on China's maritime claims in the South China Sea. As M Taylor Fravel tweeted, it is a must-read for anyone interested in maritime security, the law of the sea, or China's foreign...Show More Summary

Weekend catch-up: 'big country diplomacy', negative interest rates, Ashton Carter, elections in Taiwan and more

Bringing together the best longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. China's President Xi Jinping delivered a foreign policy speech last weekend ion which he made the case for a policy based on 'big country diplomacy'. Show More Summary

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