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China Reaches Out for Allies

Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Russia's Sad Little Military Showboats

Alexander Golts, Moscow Times

Australia, Still the Adolescent Power

Roxanne Horton, The Diplomat

The Putin Bashing at G20 Was Juvenile

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Much energy has been expended on projecting the impact of the rise of Chinese economic power on its political and military might and the strategic contest with the United States. I...(full article)

Some define "militarism" as when political leaders prefer using military solutions for every problem they face, and two recent events have brought this idea to mind....(full article)

Almost uniquely in the developed world, Australia has made this progress while expanding our population by 15 per cent (or more than 3 million) over the first decade of this centur...(full article)

With the presidency of the G20 and a seat on the UN Security Council, it has been a significant year for Australia on the global stage. Its leadership of the G20 has, moreover, bee...(full article)

The West is stupidly providing Putin with this beneficial publicity at a moment when the falling price of oil, and the ruble devaluation that inevitably follows it, threaten his po...(full article)

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Australia's Tough Immigration Policy Has Worked - The Australian

ON border protection, the Coalition’s critics have been consistently wrong. And they show no sign of letting up....

Abbott Could Push Australia into Isolation - Joshua Keating, Slate

Going forward from this weekend’s meeting, it will be interesting to watch the degree to which the Australian government’s environmental policies, which are at odds wit...

Narendra Modi, the Once-Reviled Rock Star - Ben Doherty, The Guardian

Ostracised after the Godhra riots of 2002, the newly minted PM of the world’s largest democracy is the man other leaders are seeking out this week....

Who Will Pay When China Goes Bust? - Mark Whitehouse, Bloomberg View

It's hard to know how much of that money is used to finance the construction of buildings that won't be filled, excess steelmaking capacity or other misadventures. The BIS does kno...

Too Soon for Australia to Contribute More Against IS - The Australian

In the Middle East the nationalist rivalries, split tribes, contested creeds and power proxies all overlay the centuries-old fault line between Sunni and Shi’ite. So the terr...

Japan's Regional Outreach Is Bearing Fruit - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

While speaking at the presidential palace in the capital of Manila to Japanese reporters, Aquino outlined his desire to work more closely with Japan on matters of security, shortly...

Defeat Jihadism to Strengthen Muslim Community - The Australian

here is a tendency among some activists in Muslim communities to see attempts to tackle extremism as a dividing, rather than unifying, task. Ignoring the fact Muslims are most ofte...

Australian Troops Await Visas to Fight ISIS - Hartcher & Wroe, SMH

Prime Minister Tony Abbott six weeks ago announced a preparatory positioning of forces in the region. This made Australia the first country to commit troops to the international ef...

China Launches Its World Bank Alternative - Reuters

Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Weste...

Honoring the Father of Modern Australia - Sydney Morning Herald

Gough is dead. The enormity of those three words can never be overstated for any Australians who lived through his three-year prime ministership....

An Indonesian President to Break the Mold - Tom Clarke, The Australian

Joko Widodo, referred to almost universally within Indonesia as Jokowi, will be sworn in as the Republic’s seventh president today. The sense of hope and expectation he carries w...

Australia PM's Strong First Year on the World Stage - Michael Fullilove, SMH

Tony Abbott's promise to 'shirt front' Russian president Vladimir Putin has led critics to argue he is temperamentally unsuited to conducting foreign policy. In fact, he has made a...

Islamist Group Pushing Lines of Decency - Sydney Morning Herald

The moral response to the beheading of innocent people is surely to make a damning, unqualified statement of condemnation. Likewise, it is surely moral to reject outright anyone co...

Australia Needs a More Humane Refugee Policy - SCMP

Rich countries like Australia are an easier mark for the refugee lobby than tackling the origins of the problem. At the same time, Australia can afford to shore up its moral positi...

What Happened to Asian Century? - Matt Wade, Sydney Morning Herald

When I returned home from a three-year stint as Fairfax's India correspondent, shortly before the white paper's release, I was struck by how ill-prepared Australia seemed to be for...

ISIS: a Threat to China, or a Useful Scapegoat? - Gary Sands, The Diplomat

Already grappling with a home-grown terrorism problem, should Beijing fear the Islamic State?...

It's Gold or Water in El Salvador - Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde, FPIF

For miners, investors, and artisans, few things are more precious than gold. But for human life itself, nothing is more precious than water. Just ask the people of El Salvador....

Australia's Push for Global Economic Reform - The Australian

Advocating for global economic reform through the G20, Joe Hockey has been active, persuasive and ambitious....

Cooperating to Take Down Terrorism - Robert Imre, The Conversation

Given that we have seen a number of terrorist groups come and go over the decades, it bears scrutiny how these various groups were successfully stopped, as well as where government...

Can Asia's 'Middle Powers' Create Stability? - Mohan & Medcalf, TNI

In a changing Asia, not even steadfast allies like Australia can afford to put all their eggs in the alliance basket. Thus in a new research paper, we argued that it is time for n...

Why Australia's Carbon Tax Bombed - Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail

When Australia repealed its carbon tax last week, environmentalists around the world rent their garments and beat their breasts. “We are taking a monumentally reckless backward l...

MH17: Wars Have Bloomed from Far, Far Less - Paul Daley, The Guardian

Rapid and precise responses are demanded – but publicly displaying genuine empathy and leading public grieving is just as critical for world leaders, including Tony Abbott....

Parlor Politics Doomed Aussie Carbon Tax - Peter Hartcher, Sydney MH

The demand was there, and the political class responded. Both Howard and Rudd went to the 2007 election committed to introducing an emissions trading scheme. By 2008 more than 70 p...

American Delusions Down Under - Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate

Australia should be proud of its successes, from which the rest of the world can learn a great deal. It would be a shame if a misunderstanding of what has happened in the US, combi...

When Islam Came to Australia - Janak Rogers, BBC Magazine

Few Australians are aware that the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had regular contact with foreign Muslims long before the arrival of Christian colonisers....

Old Allies, United Anew - President Obama & PM Abbott, The Australian

LAST week, at the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, we remembered how Australian airmen flew overhead as Americans and allied forces surged ashore with extraordin...

The Rise and Fall of Australian Slang - Jon Donnison, BBC News

Australians have long been famed for their rich and varied vocabulary of slang expressions, but experts say a new generation of Australians is coining fewer of them and borrowing m...

A Striking Moment of Moral Clarity - Jerusalem Post

It was a remarkable moment of moral clarity, and it came at a low point in international diplomacy....

What U.S. Jews Can Learn from Australian Jews - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Too many wealthy American Jews would rather fund Holocaust museums to memorialize the Jewish past than schools to safeguard the Jewish future. Australia’s Jews know how to do...

Australian Politics: Definitely NSFW - Lyn Eyb, Global Post

You see, Australian politics is a rowdy game. Like the people they represent, Australian “pollies” (as we Australians call them) are seldom shy when it comes to getting...

The United States of Australia - Warwick Smith, The Guardian

In terms of social and economic policy Australia has, for the last 40 years or so, sat somewhere between the free market individualist policies of the Unites States and the social ...

Australia in Danger of Being Europeanized - Greg Sheridan, Australian

In all our history, the thing that has set Australia apart from its region is its European identity. Now, our European political culture may have grown so profligate and internally...

Australia's Crystal Meth Problem - Terry Goldsworthy, The Conversation

The 2012-13 Australian Crime Commission (ACC) Illicit Drug Data Report, released earlier this week, provides mounting evidence that crystal meth is becoming a large-scale problem f...

Chinese Spies Keep Eye on Leading Universities - John Garnaut, SM Herald

China is building large covert spy networks inside Australia's leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities. Chinese intelligence ...

Australia's War on Science - Lyn Eyb, Global Post

Scientists here in Australia say they've discovered their foe: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Since he came to power in September, some of Australia's finest researchers point out th...

Is Australia Embracing the Monarchy Again? - Jon Pearlman, Telegraph

Back in the days when an Australian leader brazenly put his hand on the Queen’s back and a royal visit was dismissed by the media as “an image fading”, the so-called “capti...

It's Time for a Larger Australia - Michael Fullilove, The National Interest

One of the most pernicious clichés in my field is the claim that “Australia punches above its weight.” It’s meant to be a compliment, but it’s inaccurate and demeaning....

More British Than Britain - Simon Heffer, The Spectator

The British government these days certainly does take the Commonwealth seriously. This may be partly an effect of the mounting disillusion with Europe, but it is also because of a ...

Australia and China: Now What? - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

The Chinese government was unhappy with Australia's new Prime Minister: Tony Abbott in October had embraced its great rival Japan as "Australia's best friend in Asia"....

Thatcher's Children Have Their Hands Full - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe & Mail

Today, the conservative Anglosphere world is a deeply populist one, suspicious of government and people who work for it, angry at secular elites, not particularly partial to big bu...

Indonesia's Growing Maritime Disputes - Scott Cheney-Peters, Diplomat

Indonesia has had a rocky couple of weeks in its relations with its neighbors. While Ted Piccone and Bimo Yusman wrote last week about Indonesia’s decade of qualified diplomatic...

Australia Poised to Bungee Jump into Pitfalls - Peter Hartcher, SM Herald

This runt of a country has not suffered a recession in 22 years, a unique accomplishment among the developed nations. It has now prospered its way through two US recessions, a seri...

A Frantic Year in Australian Politics - Mark Kenny, Sydney Morning H'ld

The same December night General Motors signed the death warrant of Holden, one of Tony Abbott's most senior ministers went looking for love. While thousands of auto workers began c...

2013 a Terrible Year for Global LGBT Rights - J. Lester Feder, BuzzFeed

“Australia, India, Uganda, Russia, and now [Nigeria] — great year in the US, but globally? Turning out to be one of the worst,” summed up one international LGBT issues expert...

Australia Talks Tough to China - Brendan O'Reilly, Asia Times

Diplomatic rhetoric is nevertheless important. If Australia chooses to remain America's sheriff and Japan's best friend, it may find its relationship strained with an ever more eco...

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