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Blog Post Archive

Weekend catch-up: Iraq, PNG, nuclear submarines and much more

Bringing together all the longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. This week the Lowy Institute launched a powerful paper on violence against women in Papua New Guinea. The paper's author, Jo Chandler, also wrote...Show More Summary

The Lebanon-isation of the Middle East

The opening of this essay, about the arbitrariness of the Middle East's national boundaries drawn up nearly a century ago under the Sykes-Picot Agreement, will be familiar to most. But then George Friedman takes things in an interesting...Show More Summary

Why Indian and Pakistani sea-based nukes are so troubling

The danger of sea-based nuclear weapons in Asia depends on the strategic context of the potential protagonists, along with the particulars of the platforms, delivery system, and doctrines. Perhaps the least menacing in the short term is the interaction between India and China as each builds its sea-based nuclear capability. Show More Summary

Obama 'doesn't have a strategy yet' for ISIS. Do we?

[youtube:vOyskR-Ny8s] President Obama is already being pilloried for his statement, made in a press conference earlier today, that 'we don't have a strategy yet' for combating ISIS. No strategy? This for a terrorist group that his own...Show More Summary

Violence against women in PNG: How men are getting away with murder

All photos by Vlad Sokhin. In a new Lowy Institute Analysis published today, Jo Chandler presents a devastating picture of the endemic violence against women in Papua New Guinea and the role Australia can play in supporting local initiatives to address the problem. Show More Summary

India links: Labour reform, India-Japan, economic recovery, #RiceBucketChallenge and more

Is labour market reform really crucial to reviving India's manufacturing sector? Pranab Bardhan doesn't think so. Shamika Ravi argues that rather than being reinvented or restructured, India's Planning Commission should be replaced with...Show More Summary

Indonesia-Australia Code of Conduct is excellent news

It has an odd name and a confounding operative clause, but the 'Australia-Indonesia Joint Understanding on a Code of Conduct' signed today in Bali by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa...Show More Summary

Japan's continuing confidence in the alliance

The views expressed here are the author's own, and do not necessarily represent those of National Institute for Defense Studies or the Japanese Ministry of Defense. I am inspired by the recent debate on The Interpreter about the trajectory of Japan's security strategy. Show More Summary

Canada teaches Russia geography

Sure, Canada is famous for its comedians, but who knew they were working at NATO?

Pacific island links: West Papua, Fiji democracy, Melanesia, fisheries and more

Keep up with what has been happening in the Pacific island region with our selected links. As the 17 September election draws closer, political observers and commentators are thinking about what needs to come next to re-establish democracy...Show More Summary

Strategic stability and Chinese SSBNs: The need for net assessment

In his introduction to this Interpreter debate, Rory Medcalf raises the important question of how nuclear-armed ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) programs in Asia influence strategic stability. Making such an assessment for any oneShow More Summary

Pacific island leadership: PNG steps up

Jenny Hayward-Jones is Director of the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program and Tess Newton Cain is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. One of the key announcements at the conclusion of the recent Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Koror, Palau was the appointment of Dame Meg Taylor as the new Secretary-General of the Forum's Secretariat. Show More Summary

Indo-Pacific security links: Nationalist leaders, hypersonic weapons, defence industries and more

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. The Lowy Institute's International Security program...Show More Summary

After 150 years, time to renew our commitment to the Geneva Conventions

The signing of the first Geneva Convention, by Charles Edouard Armand-Dumaresq. (Wikipedia Commons.) In a month where the horrific realities of armed conflict have dominated the news headlines, it is poignant to note that 150 years ago...Show More Summary

Air power to the fore in the Middle East

As a former Army officer, my service bias has always made me a believer that only events on the ground matter. The air force is a great enabler but rarely the decisive factor. But my experience of the Middle East has also taught me the...Show More Summary

Australia vs ISIS? Two things we need to hear from the Government

On Monday we read in The Australian that 'The ­ Abbott government is ­actively considering an extended military role for Australia in Iraq...The three main military ­options for Australian involvement are renewed humanitarian air drops,...Show More Summary

Sea-based nukes: A marginal effect on stability

There are several sources of instability in the Asia Pacific region today. Some are political, such as China's pursuit of territorial claims at sea and on land at the expense of its neighbours. Others are military, such as those elements...Show More Summary

The environment and the news cycle

I loved this bit from US environmental activist Bill McKibben, who is guest blogging on Andrew Sullivan's site: Every day there’s something more immediately important happening in the world: ISIS is seizing an airbase this morning, and...Show More Summary

China links: WeChat, Clive Palmer, South Korea, pigs, robots, Deng, Mao, Xi and More

The Communist Party of China has opened a WeChat account. 'The majority of the world's feed crops are destined for China's pigs.' So who will feed the pigs? Fergus Ryan argues that Julie Bishop should not have apologised to the Chinese...Show More Summary

Australians back tougher anti-terror laws

The early numbers are in on the Government's proposed toughening of Australia's anti-terror laws and they make for interesting reading. According to Newspoll, 77% of respondents were in favour of the new law that would require individuals...Show More Summary

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