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China’s moves to win friends and influence people in Myanmar

In his recent conversation with Sam Roggeveen, Lord Michael Williams made some insightful comments on Aung San Suu Kyi's recent visit to China, suggesting it showed that Beijing was prepared to publicly recognise the importance of other...Show More Summary

Aid & development links: China and the OECD, BRICS Bank, Rwandan banknotes and more

By Melanesia Program Director Jenny Hayward-Jones and Research Associate Philippa Brant. China has joined the OECD Development Centre, and will strengthen cooperation across 20 policy areas. The OECD will also provide support to China...Show More Summary

The lexicon of Islamist terrorism

The controversy over the naming rights to 'Islamic State' has been much ado about nothing from the start. The Prime Minister began to refer to Islamic State by its Arabic acronym 'Da'ish' from the beginning of the year, saying that he didn't like 'Islamic State' or 'ISIS' because it was a 'perversion of religion'. Show More Summary

The big lesson from the Greece fiasco: Don't let the IMF meddle

A Greeek solidarity rally in Madrid yesterday. (Flickr/Adolfo Lujan.) Even with the Greek referendum result now clear, it will take some time for the implications to evolve. Whichever way it works out, it's bad news for Greece. Leaving the euro would be hugely disruptive. Show More Summary

Weekend catch-up: Greek debt crisis, AIIB, coordinated terrorism, container trade and more

This week the Greek debt crisis entered a new phase, with Athens defaulting on it's €1.5 billion loan repayment to the IMF. A referendum has been called by Tsipras Government for this Sunday, which will ask the Greek population whether they accept to reject bailout conditions set by Greece's creditors. Show More Summary

This week in Jakarta: Herculean rivalries

An Indonesian military aircraft crashed into a residential area in North Sumatra this week, killing 142 people at last count. In Jakarta, the tragedy gave President Jokowi the chance to again take sides in the simmering tension between...Show More Summary

Iran has made big nuclear concessions in Vienna

Another seven days to reach an agreement; that's what the P5+1 decided this week when they weren't able to meet their 30 June deadline for a final deal on Iran's nuclear program. While some differences remain, both sides have come too far to walk away. Show More Summary

Russia's nuclear doctrine takes an alarming step backwards

In a lengthy piece published earlier this week, Vox media journalist Max Fisher details how a conflict between the US and Russia could spiral into a nuclear war. As with all Vox content, it has pop-art, like this 'choose your own adventure' World War III flow-chart. Fisher does brush over a few things. Show More Summary

Digital diplomacy links: LGBTI blitz, Germany's Bollywood hit, DFAT blog and more

On the first Friday of each month the Interpreter will publish Digital Diplomacy links instead of the weekly Digital Asia links. As Australian digital diplomacy strives to catch-up to the rest of the world, these links will highlight...Show More Summary

Is Egypt falling into an Islamist insurrection?

Islamist insurrection has returned to Egypt. There has been a significant growth in the sophistication of the targeting, conduct and lethality of terrorist acts, a crisis of political legitimacy for the Egyptian Government, and the virtual...Show More Summary

How the Chinese media covered the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

By Jackson Kwok, an intern with the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with specialisations in Chinese language, history, and foreign policy from the University of Sydney. Reading through...Show More Summary

Quick comment: Leon Berkelmans on the Greek crisis

You're probably reading a lot of headlines today about Greece now being officially in arrears with the IMF. But as Lowy Institute economist Leon Berkelmans explains in this podcast, that's not the most important thing that happened in the Greek crisis over the last few days. Listen also for Leon's views about the implications of this crisis for Asia. Show More Summary

Peak box? Global container trade is slackening

In a little-noticed interview, the chief of Panama's Canal Authority concedes that 'the world and the canal were unlikely to ever again see the booming container trade that characterised the 1990s and early 2000s' due to shifting manufacturing...Show More Summary

Indo-Pacific security links: AIIB, defending the pivot, Chinese submarines 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

Beijing should hasten slowly on AIIB

The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) reached another milestone on Monday when 50 of the 57 founding members signed the AIIB's Articles of Agreement. Seven countries are still sorting out domestic requirements...Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: MSG Leaders’ Summit, Papua, Nauru, Melanesia New Voices and more

At the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders' Summit last Friday the United Liberation Movement for West Papua was granted observer status, while Indonesia was upgraded from observer to associate member. Even though it is not the full membership...Show More Summary

Religion over rights in Indonesian marriage law

Rights activists around the world are hoping that the historic ruling in favour of same-sex marriage in the US last week will help them achieve the same in their countries. For Indonesia, however, changes to the institution of marriage...Show More Summary

China makes its formal climate-change pledge

China's long-anticipated formal pledge to international climate change negotiations, it's 'intended nationally determined contribution' or INDC, has arrived. China's target is a 60% to 65% reduction in the emissions-intensity of the economy by 2030 pegged at 2005 levels, with carbon dioxide emissions peaking around 2030, perhaps earlier. Show More Summary

Middle East and small island states top priorities as New Zealand takes on UNSC presidency

Six months into its membership of the UN Security Council, New Zealand will get to wield the gavel at the famed horseshoe table in New York over the course of this month. Occupying the president's chair will be the Kiwi's new Permanent...Show More Summary

Greece and the nattering nabobs of the Anglosphere

English is, fortunately, the global lingua franca. Thus, comments on current events made in English are the final arbiters for most of the world. This is mostly for the good but can misfire. Where the EU is concerned, the nabobs in London,...Show More Summary

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