Blog Profile / The Interpreter

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Archived Since:August 31, 2011

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Migration & border policy links: The backpacker tax, Muslim immigration, Calais and more

By Rachael Buckland, an intern with the Migration and Border Policy Project. François Crépeau, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, is scheduled to visit Australia in November. This follows written assurances from...Show More Summary

Reflections of a G20 scholar

Tomorrow will be the final official day of the Lowy Institute for International Policy’s G20 Studies Centre. Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will be speaking at the Lowy Institute tomorrow on the themes of trade, investment and immigration,...Show More Summary

Some Americans already looking forward to 2020

It’s hard to imagine either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump made many converts with their performances Monday evening at Hofstra University, despite over 80 million Americans tuning in. But the debate did its job in getting Americans talking about the candidates and the issues. By most accounts, Trump won the first half hour of the debate. Show More Summary

Revitalising the multilateral trading system

The multilateral trading system has served Australia and our region exceptionally well, and it has delivered a program of trade liberalisation and reform over the years that has been important in underwriting global growth. But there is no doubt it is now facing multiple strains. Show More Summary

Movie trailer: Apprentice

It was announced earlier this month that Apprentice (note: no definite article, so no Trump) will be Singapore's entry to next year's Academy Awards: [youtube:AxY3zZCqeTw] In my occasional visits to Singapore over the last decade, my...Show More Summary

Quick comment: Richard McGregor on Xi Jinping

It is rarely acknowledged that the list of Australian journalists working on China in recent times is pretty stellar. Just off the top of my head I can think of Jane Perlez (New York Times), John Garnaut (formerly Fairfax), Stephen McDonell...Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Bainimarama's UN address, Chinese aid in the Pacific, Moana and more

By Harriet Smith, an intern with the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program. The Prime Minister of Fiji delivered a keynote address to the UN General Assembly, during which he stated Fiji will be 'more discerning' in its choice of friends,...Show More Summary

Mapping Pacific aid: Facebook, India and money laundering

Mapping China’s opaque aid program in the Pacific Islands was more complicated and time-consuming than I had anticipated. I made peace with this fact when I found myself building a makeshift 270-degree visual cocoon out of every electronic...Show More Summary

The first debate: The loser is the electorate

[youtube:krjsBlD_jtE] The first of three presidential debates offered a lot of fireworks, but little to change the state of the race. Trump trounced Clinton during the first third of the debate when discussing the economy and trade. Had this continued it would have become a rout. Show More Summary

Why ratifying international climate agreements has proven so difficult

Hammering out an international agreement on limiting carbon emissions is hard enough, as anyone who has attended the succession of conferences on such a treaty since the Copenhagen meeting in 2009 can testify. But as the subsequent history...Show More Summary

First thoughts on the presidential debate

The first thing to note is that, despite the avalanche of media coverage and articles such as this one, presidential debates may not matter very much. At the very least, the evidence is mixed. The second thing is that what the candidates say is probably secondary to how they look, and how they react in an unscripted way. Show More Summary

India's strategic restraint on Kashmir

Two weeks on from the worst attack on Indian soldiers in Kashmir for decades, the dust is starting to settle. Many Indian politicians, press, and analysts had struck a relentlessly hostile note, demanding that New Delhi take (in their...Show More Summary

TV trailer: Designated Survivor

This is a new series which has just started airing in the US and is available on Netflix here in Australia. [youtube:N_f1v0Nx5Sw] It's a compelling premise for a series, and the reviews are generally positive. (H/t JG.)

Aid & development links: UK aid, WHO's next head, globalisation, and more

The Clinton Foundation has been under the microscope over the last few months. Dylan Matthews takes a look at its record and details how it has undoubtedly had an impact in saving millions of live through playing a critical role in pushing...Show More Summary

West Papua high on Pacific Islands Forum agenda

The issue of human rights in West Papua was high on the agenda at the recent Pacific Islands Forum in the Federated States of Micronesia. Despite the sensitivities for member countries like Australia and Papua New Guinea, leaders atShow More Summary

China's big dish is a big deal for Planet Earth

China has now started to operate the world's largest radio telescope. The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) rests in a natural depression in Guizhou, and resembles the famous 300 metre Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico. Size alone does not speak of its power. Show More Summary

Trans-Pacific Partnership in doubt, but does it matter?

The Peterson Institute in Washington has published a report on the international trade policies enunciated by the two US presidential candidates during their campaigns. Its conclusion: Clinton's proposed trade and international economic...Show More Summary

Track nine years of Interpreter posts on Australia-China relations

Arguably the most important fact about contemporary Australian foreign policy is that, for the first time in our history, Australia's major trading partner is a peer competitor of our major ally. Previously the UK, then the US and in...Show More Summary

Weekend catch-up: Turnbull in the Big Apple, a farewell to Cameron, Ohio goes red and more

This week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flew to New York, where he sparred with former PM Kevin Rudd, met with the rapper Ludacris, and addressed two summits on refugees and immigration. The UN Summit’s main achievement was the adoption...Show More Summary

What if other countries copied Australia's border security example?

Two international summits held in New York this week were intended to generate fresh political will and substantial new pledges to bolster the international response to refugees. Australia's contribution to these summits was not only...Show More Summary

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