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Blog Profile / The Interpreter

Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:4394
Posts / Week:26.7
Archived Since:August 31, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Military & strategy links: Controlling IS, re-examining COIN, Mistral and more

Adam Elkus and Nick Prime contend that US strategy towards the Islamic State should be understood not in terms of florid rhetorical commitments to its destruction but rather in terms of the pragmatic search for control. The Center for...Show More Summary

IMF changes its tune on infrastructure

In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF has joined the chorus of international institutions (G20, OECD) calling for more infrastructure spending. What new elements does the Fund bring to this argument? Global growth has been disappointing. Show More Summary

Movie trailer: American Sniper

The latest in a long line of American movies about the experience of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. [youtube:cRbAXWfthtA] Great trailer. But the focus on the lives of soldiers is pretty safe territory for Hollywood. Show More Summary

A twist in Indonesia's narrative of hope

The twists and turns continue in Indonesia's dramatic election year. In the most recent plot turn, the coalition that backed Prabowo Subianto's losing bid for president pushed through a bill to end almost a decade of direct elections for regional heads, which were seen by many as a flawed yet vital element of the nation's democratic transition. Show More Summary

Southeast Asia links: Thailand's ageing king, change in Singapore, Vietnam-US relations and more

The 86-year-old Thai King is recovering after being admitted to hospital this week. His health is of particular importance due to a bitter and divisive debate about succession that could provoke unrest. HRW’s Phil Robertson slammed Myanmar's...Show More Summary

Bank holiday, back tomorrow

It is a bank holiday here in New South Wales. The Interpreter will be back tomorrow.

Afghanistan: A unity government at last or woes to come?

By Dr Susanne Schmeidl, a Senior Advisor to the Liaison Office in Afghanistan and Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney, and Srinjoy Bose, PhD Scholar at the School of International, Political & Strategic...Show More Summary

Modi in the US: A truly strategic partnership?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much anticipated and greatly feted visit to Washington has divided opinion. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, New York, 26 September 2014 (Flickr/Narendra Modi) The writer C. Raja Mohan concluded...Show More Summary

China and unification of the Korean Peninsula (part 1): The value of the buffer

Last week I was invited by the Korean National Defense University to present at a conference on regional powers' responses to Korean unification. It is an important topic, because I think it is increasingly clear to South Koreans, or...Show More Summary

The public has a role to play in the next Defence White Paper

Australia's national interests are enmeshed with international order, and daily we see grim reminders that armed force still matters in the contemporary world. Australian forces are reportedly close to going into combat against violent extremists in the Middle East. Show More Summary

Xinjiang and terrorism (part 2): The new threat of ISIS

Beijing's well-documented heavy-handed response to the recent upswing in violence in Xinjiang has been one contributor to the internationalization of the Uyghur issue which I argued in part 1 of this post. President Xi Jinping's call...Show More Summary

India links: Modi in America, corruption, India-Indonesia, trade deficit, Make in India and more

Indian Prime Minister Modi visited the US this week. Here’s some of the best reading related to his trip: Modi and Obama have written a joint piece on their vision for a renewed US-India partnership. C Raja Mohan says that the visitShow More Summary

ABC bureaux closures: Sacrificing the bang for the bucks?

The latest news from the ABC bunker is that while Lateline may survive the latest round of cuts, the bureaux in Tokyo and Delhi may be shut down. The ABC Board met yesterday, reportedly to decide on measures to achieve efficiencies of...Show More Summary

Pacific island links: Australian-Fiji ties, Micronesian trade, Benny Wenda and more

Catch up with news, commentary & analysis from and about the Pacific island region: Australia is working hard to normalise relations with Fiji now that the election is over, including the restoration of military ties. But there is still...Show More Summary

Strategic stability and SSBNs: Arms control may be the answer

From a strategic perspective, the bottom line attraction for states seeking to acquire nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) is survivability. States possessing SSBNs cannot be victims of a disarming first strike. They will always...Show More Summary

Xinjiang and terrorism (part 1): China's global narrative

The ABC's Foreign Correspondent story 'Crackdown', about Beijing's renewed hard-line in Xinjiang and which aired last night, has been the focus of considerable Chinese ire. The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday that officialsShow More Summary

Indo-Pacific security links: Modi in the US, Chinese satellites, Indonesian F-16s and more

By David Schaefer, an intern in the Lowy Institute's International Security program. 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. Show More Summary

Australia-India nuclear deal: The need for full parliamentary scrutiny

In a previous post, I pointed out how the Australia-India nuclear cooperation agreement departs from Australia's longstanding safeguards requirements. In particular, there is a risk that the follow-on 'administrative arrangement' could...Show More Summary

China's Hong Kong: One country, two incompatible systems

The ongoing student-led demonstrations in Hong Kong, which oppose China's undemocratic framework for the 'selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage', are similar in cause, focus and likely outcome as the 2003 mass demonstrations...Show More Summary

Could Myanmar’s hunt for energy derail peace?

A little over a quarter of Myanmar's population has access to electricity. Despite this incredible statistic, the country has tremendous energy potential. Criss-crossed with rivers (not to mention an abundance of hydrocarbons), hydropower could provide for much of Myanmar's energy needs. Show More Summary

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