Blog Profile / The Interpreter

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Archived Since:August 31, 2011

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Biden Sydney speech fails to account for a changing world order

Vice President Biden's speech at the Paddington Town Hall on 20 July was very assertive and, in my view, it lacked appreciation for the way the world has changed in the last two decades. Biden said America had 'an unmatched ability to project our power to any corner of the world'. Show More Summary

China’s coal cuts continue amid boom in redundant coal-fired power stations

China surprised many observers when its coal consumption (which had grown at more than 8% per year on average since the turn of the century) stopped growing in 2014 and declined in 2015. Some thought this was a temporary blip that would be reversed. Show More Summary

Boris Johnson isn't serious, and the world won't take him seriously

In 1966, Britain's Labour prime minister, Harold Wilson, appointed George Brown as foreign secretary. Brown was a problem for Wilson; he was a senior figure in the party and popular with its rank and file, but he was also inept as aShow More Summary

Stage is set for Trump, but can he unite the GOP?

[youtube:d0jRTGVBqCo] There's a good reason that potential US first lady Melania Trump's plagiarism scandal became one of the defining moments of the Republic National Convention now concluding in Cleveland: original thought of any nature...Show More Summary

Digital Diplomacy links: PokemonGO, Indian intel, emoji equality, cyberpower and more

Pakistan's Interior Minister is concerned Indian intelligence may be using social media to spread rumours that could bring down the morale of Pakistani forces. Five experts review and respond to Naked Diplomacy: Power and StatecraftShow More Summary

No confidence vote: Showdown in PNG politics

In less than 24 hours, Papua New Guineans will know the fate of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when the national parliament sits for a vote of no-confidence. There are three possible scenarios: O'Neill may survive the vote; he may optShow More Summary

DFAT on China and Timor-Leste: No 'two-step' but one, considered approach

Dr Michael Leach makes a number of inaccurate claims in his Interpreter post: 'The PCA ruling, Australia and Timor-Leste'. Dr Leach asserts Australia is engaged in a ‘two-step’ in its approach to international law with China and Timor-Leste. Show More Summary

Amid a chaotic 2016, time for the G20 to stand and deliver

'May you live in interesting times' is a modern western saying that is often wrongly described as an ancient Chinese curse. But you get the feeling that those working on the Chinese G20 Presidency would be justified in feeling burdened...Show More Summary

Poker, chess and Go: How the US should respond in the South China Sea

The Permanent Court of Arbitration's decision places more pressure on the US than China, as Washington must now act to support this emphatic judgement. Failure to do so will further weaken America's credibility, and undermine the rules-based...Show More Summary

Our media degrades the currency of fear

[youtube:lfOiA35F79s] It has been written before, quite correctly, that a key strategy in dealing with the terrorist threat is national resilience. And one part of developing such resilience is language. The wrong choice of words can unnecessarily inflame or sensationalise a situation. Show More Summary

Santoso dead: Now for the next chapter

One of the biggest manhunts in post-Suharto Indonesia has found its target, and Santoso, Indonesia's most wanted terrorist, is dead. He was found and shot on 18 July by the elite army unit Kostrad; not by the police who had been searching for him for the last five years. Show More Summary

The PCA ruling, Australia and Timor-Leste

The Hague tribunal decision last week in the South China Sea case will have far reaching implications, finding that any ‘historic rights’ China claimed within the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of other states were extinguished by UNCLOS...Show More Summary

Pacific links: PNG's O'Neill under pressure; West Papua, Pacific work migration and more

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will face a vote of no confidence motion in Parliament this Friday. Despite a very healthy majority, lobbying for numbers has been fierce this week in the land of the unpredictable. For a...Show More Summary

Joe Biden in Sydney: 'With the grace of God and goodwill of the neighbours'

It was billed as a major foreign policy address. But while US Vice-President Joe Biden's just-completed remarks at the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney didn't quite live up to that billing, it did have its points of interest. Biden's mood was subdued, stoical and above all reassuring: America was in Asia for the long haul. Show More Summary

Lebanon's fragile stability

Incredible though it may seem, after the events in Turkey this weekend Lebanon is looking like one of the most stable states in the Middle East, despite not having a president or a fully-functioning government I arrived in Lebanon in early June this year and was immediately struck by the calm mood of the people. Show More Summary

Media access to Nauru is Australia's concern

Last week David Aedang, Nauru’s newly re-elected government, released a statement taking aim at Australian and New Zealand media outlets for their allegedly unethical and biased coverage, specifically naming four of them: ‘It’s timeShow More Summary

More heat than light in Australian FONOPs debate

Australia’s febrile domestic politics produced another petty point-scoring moment after the shadow defence minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, sought political mileage from last Tuesday’s historic South China Sea arbitration. Senator Conroy...Show More Summary

Video: Islam, Islamism and secularism

An excellent quick video (published by The Atlantic and narrated by Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution) on the historical and contemporary role of Islam in Middle Eastern politics: (h/t @BrendanTN_).

Jumping the shark at the RNC

Can a devout Christian make Donald Trump more likeable? Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort seems to think so. Speaking soon after the revelation that Pence will be Trump's running mate, Manafort said Pence will appeal to supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders. Show More Summary

Aid & development links: Miserly Australia, Deaton's latest, Uganda's twitter hit and more

The President of the World Bank has lashed out at the poor financing response to the Ebola crisis, claiming the escalation could have been avoided. Stephen Howes reflects on why Australia is so stingy when it comes to aid and development...Show More Summary

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