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The Philippine Senator taking on President Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte marked his first 100 days at the helm earlier this month with sky-high approval ratings, the likes of which are unprecedented in Philippine history. Since his election, Duterte has become one of the...Show More Summary

CETA breakdown highlights need to share the spoils of globalisation

The ground-swell against globalisation has tripped up the Canadian-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium objects, leaving the EU 'not capable' of signing an agreement. Show More Summary

What the Heck is going on in Nevada?

Would-be Republican Senator Joe Heck hasn't had a great couple of weeks. His lead over former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Heck's rival for the Senate seat to be vacated by Democrat leader Harry Reid (described byShow More Summary

Trumpism in Europe

Trump clones and displays of Trumpism-fever by otherwise respectable politicians have become common in Europe. Much as a landslide for Hillary Clinton on 8 November would be the best put down of Donald Trump, the first line of defence in Europe would be elections that end in comprehensive defeat of his fellow populists. Show More Summary

Indonesia's new power industry ministers face big challenges

In surprise appointments of not one but two ministers to the energy and mineral resources portfolio earlier this month, Indonesian President Jokowi acknowledged the complexity and strategic and economic importance of the sector. NewShow More Summary

How afraid should Hollywood be of Wang Jianlin?

Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man and owner of Wanda group, is close to finalising a deal which would give him control of Hollywood’s Dick Clark productions, valued at $US1 billion. Fear has spread throughout Hollywood that China’s propaganda machine is coming to Tinseltown. Show More Summary

Why Europe should consider a foreign fighter amnesty scheme

In counter-terrorism, it sometimes feels like every silver lining has a cloud. While the Mosul offensive is making steady progress into the Islamic State-controlled city, this success risks triggering the movement of IS fighters from...Show More Summary

Thailand’s year of living dangerously

There has been great speculation, both inside Thailand and internationally, as to the reasons for the Thai Crown Prince’s unexpected decision to not immediately succeed to the throne – ostensibly to mourn his late father. Some observers...Show More Summary

Weekend-catch-up: Debate 3, the South China Sea, SDGs, and more

The third and final US presidential debate took place this week in Las Vegas, Nevada, marking the end of four and half hours of under-moderated candidate-on-candidate discourse. Though he was the best host by far, even Fox's Chris Wallace...Show More Summary

Trump's victim mentality strikes a chord with some

Another debate, another good start for Donald Trump ending in a train wreck. Media pundits are freaking out about Trump saying he won’t promise to accept the election result as legitimate. The system is rigged, he blusters. Blasphemy, they scream. Show More Summary

White paper blues

[youtube:rV5Gicb66WA] In Washington, they refer to news stories that only matter to the political class as being 'inside the beltway', a reference to the road which encircles the capital. Maybe we can coin a Canberra variation on the...Show More Summary

Zika: We haven't done enough

In February, the WHO declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Determined to avoid another Ebola-like failure, it called for a coordinated international response to improve Zika surveillance, detection and diagnostics, vector control and expedited development of vaccines. Show More Summary

Two great reads on Trumpism

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibi penned an essay a week ago about the Trump phenomenon, which builds to a stirring close: Trump's shocking rise and spectacular fall have been a singular disaster for U.S. politics. Built up in the press asShow More Summary

Duterte doubles down on his China pivot

[youtube:cTmvx4k2i9c] In an interview with Chinese state television released on Wednesday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte doubled down on his embrace of China and dismissive attitude towards the US-Philippine alliance. Duterte...Show More Summary

Coming soon: A new look for The Interpreter

Next Wednesday we begin a new phase in the life of The Interpreter, which is now nine years old. We've only had one previous redesign in that period, so we figured we were due for a new look. Over those nine years The Interpreter has matured from a group blog to a true digital magazine. Show More Summary

Trump sets up a dangerous denouement to presidential campaign

'I will look at it at the time' is bound to be the lasting line from the third and final debate of the 2016 US presidential campaign, and it's a worrying one. Donald Trump's refusal to confirm that he will accept the results of the election...Show More Summary

US/Russia rivalry takes the stage

Recent developments in the US Presidential race should put to rest any lingering doubt that one nation’s information warfare capabilities can fundamentally affect the politics of another. At the third US presidential debate in Las Vegas,...Show More Summary

Economic diplomacy brief: Crown crackdown, TPP friendly fire, Parkinson’s law and more

New house rules The detention of employees from James Packer's Crown casino group in China has reopened the old debate about whether Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown is all about him staying in power, or whether it's also driven by the task of economic rebalancing. Show More Summary

Migration and Border Policy Links: Haiti, Rakhine, the EU moves to stop exodus from Africa and more

By Rachael Buckland, an intern with the Lowy Institute's Migration and Border Policy project In Haiti more than 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 61,000 are displaced in the wake of Hurricane Matthew,...Show More Summary

Don't count on the Russians backing down this time

Happily, Russia and the US seem to have pulled back from some of the bitterness, outrage and disappointment that set the tone between them 10 days ago. But the stakes in Syria remain incredibly high. There's a real danger that both sides,...Show More Summary

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