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India Republic Day Members of the Indian military band take part in the rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi, India, 22 January 2019 (Photo: REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis).

Why India isn’t going to save Australia from China’s power

15 March 2020

BY HUGH WHITE AO Will India save us from China? The Indo-Pacific concept that now lies at the heart of Australia’s foreign policy assumes that it will. It is founded on the belief that as America’s...

Interests, Negotiations, and the US-Taliban Agreement

5 March 2020

BY WILLIAM MALLEY On 1 March 1848, the British Foreign Secretary, Viscount Palmerston, gave a famous speech in the House of Commons in which he remarked that ‘Our interests are eternal and perpetual...

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Stirring Hatreds Ahead of Myanmar Elections

4 March 2020

BY HUNTER MARSTON Ethnic and religious nationalism has increasingly gripped Myanmar since intercommunal violence broke out between Burmese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in 2012. Viral...

A Chance for Peace or a Rush to the Exit?

3 March 2020

On 5 October 1938, Winston Churchill rose in the House of Commons to speak about the Munich Agreement on the future of Czechoslovakia. He did not mince his words. Britain had suffered, as he put it...

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Making the Most of US-ASEAN Ties, Even Without the Vegas Summit

29 February 2020

BY CHARLES DUNST AND HUNTER MARSTON In an unfortunate turn of events linked to growing fears of a pandemic, the Trump administration has wisely decided to postpone a special summit with all 10...

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Kashmir: A Grand Bargain

27 February 2020

It has been well over six months since the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to revoke by presidential order Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) special autonomous status within...

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Has the US Lost Myanmar to China?

20 January 2020

BY HUNTER MARSTON Chinese leader Xi Jinping just wrapped up a two-day visit to Myanmar from January 17-18, the first trip by a Chinese head of state since Jiang Zemin traveled to Burma in 2001. Xi’s...

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Kashmir: The Key to a Grand Bargain

12 November 2019

Dr Claude Rakisits from the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy has recently published an article with The Diplomat: It has been over three months since Indian Prime Minister Modi’s government...

Thant Myint-U author, founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust. Photo: Thant Myint-U/Facebo

Review of "The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century"

10 October 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON AND JOSHUA KURLANTZICK In the run-up to Myanmar’s elections next year, there is little positive news to report about a country that seemed like a democratic success story less than...

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2019 celebration

Life of the Party

26 September 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON AND ABIGAIL CHEN This week marks the anniversary of the founding of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), the ruling party of the country’s de facto head of government,...

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