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Quick comment: David Dollar on the yuan

Brookings senior fellow and and Chinese economy expert David Dollar is in town as the 2016 G20 Studies Centre Visiting Fellow. David was a World Bank country director for China and Mongolia, and the US Treasury Department's economic and financial emissary to China. Show More Summary

Bloomberg: Will he, won't he?

On the eve of the New Hampshire primary Michael Bloomberg has confirmed he is considering a run for the White House this year. The billionaire's interview with the Financial Times verifies a report a few weeks ago in The New York Times. Show More Summary

Contested air superiority returns to the Asia Pacific

In a previous century the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) did not always fly technologically advanced aircraft that gave it uncontested regional air superiority – a statement that anybody born since the mid-1970s probably has trouble believing. Show More Summary

2016 will be a rocky year for the yuan

It wasn't so long ago that China was being accused of holding its currency down to boost exports. So it's ironic that the issue likely to dominate the G20 Finance Ministers Meeting in Shanghai on 26-27 February is how to deal with the...Show More Summary

New Caledonia: Slow progress on defining its future

The latest meeting of those charged with steering New Caledonia into its next stage of governance went some small way to resolving sensitive political issues but also demonstrated just how deep divisions run regarding the possibility...Show More Summary

Sleeping next door to Hemingway (part 2)

Part 1 of this piece here. Cubans have a good sense of humour – but I learned to my cost that Fidel is no laughing matter. I was in Cuba as part of a Latin America trip, meeting with government officials and foreign diplomats, and getting a sense of the place. Show More Summary

Aid & development links: World Bank hits 70, emergency in Zimbabwe, women of Somaliland and more

By Jonathan Pryke, Research Fellow and Chloe Hickey-Jones, Intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program. The 2016 Australasian Aid Conference is on this week in Canberra. The conference brings together a host of researchers from Asia, Australia and the Pacific who explore aid and development issues in the region. Show More Summary

The toilet or the iPhone: Which is the more important for civilisation?

Following the stunning success of Thomas Piketty's door-stop book Capital in the Twenty-first Century, Robert Gordon has consolidated his recent writings into a 600-page tome: The Rise and Fall of American Growth, that argues America's 150-year run of rapid economic advance is over. Show More Summary

What the Washington Post gets wrong about Southeast Asia

The Washington Post editorial board, which has long argued for a vocal and uncompromising emphasis on democracy promotion in American foreign policy, has published an editorial criticizing the Obama Administration's decision to hostShow More Summary

Sleeping next door to Hemingway (part 1)

Cuba, I recently discovered, is a highly popular destination. The US and Cuba have restored their diplomatic relations, and in January Habana Vieja (Old Havana) was crammed with European and Canadian tourists. It is just as charmingShow More Summary

Weekend catch-up: Power transition in Myanmar, Japan's new fighter jet, PLA reform and more

The week kicked off with Aaron Connelly writing about the power transition in Myanmar, something last attempted in 1990: Few people in Myanmar think that the military will seek to prevent a transfer of power along the lines prescribed...Show More Summary

How new technology is protecting cultural heritage in the Middle East

[youtube:EG8t5ZoflBI] One tragic dimension of the conflict spanning Iraq and Syria has been the damage done to some of the world's most precious cultural heritage. However, geospatial mapping and geographic information technology isShow More Summary

The Zika Virus won't be 'Ebola 2.0'

The recent outbreak of Zika virus and its spread to 23 countries — mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean — has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Show More Summary

Indonesia's de-radicalisation blueprint

The picture of Sunakim (alias Afif) reloading his gun while manoeuvring with an expression of menacing intent will be an enduring image of the Jakarta attack in mid-January. Having served five years of a seven-year sentence for attending...Show More Summary

In Taiwan, Asia's oldest political party faces an identity crisis

The Chinese Nationalist Party or KMT suffered a crushing electoral defeat in January, losing both the presidency and its parliamentary majority. Some in the party believe the result is their worst since they lost mainland China to the...Show More Summary

Digital Diplomacy links: Facebook leaders, Army brigades, social media mobility 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. On 15 February the Lowy Institute and Facebook are hosting 'The Political Selfie, Soft Power and the Art of Digital Diplomacy' in Sydney. Show More Summary

The non-existent nuclear weapons debate

Moderation isn't sexy, particularly when it comes to nuclear weapons. But balance is exactly what is missing from contemporary nuclear debates. In his recent book, The Case for US Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, Brad Roberts makes...Show More Summary

Mekong: New photos reveal true scale of dam

Xayaburi Dam under construction, July 2015. (Taken from this PP presentation by Pöyry, posted on a Laos government site.) In an Interpreter post on 14 December 2015 ('What's Happening on the Lower Reaches of the Mekong River?'), I referred...Show More Summary

What exactly is Russia up to in the East?

Speaking in Washington last week, Julie Bishop noted Russia was 'talking up its so called pivot to Asia'. In her speech to The Center for a New American Security, the Australian foreign minister referred to speculation of an arms race in Asia. Show More Summary

We should think carefully about an Australian FONOP in the South China Sea

On 30 January, 95 days after its previous effort, the US Navy conducted another 'freedom of navigation operation' in the South China Sea (an operation known by the unlovely FONOP acronym). This time around, the US improved the public...Show More Summary

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