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Race, faith and Ahok’s defeat

27 April 2017

After one of the most tumultuous campaigns in Indonesian history, the incumbent governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) was soundly defeated by former Education Minister and academic,...

A masked man holds an anti-Ahok sign during a protest against Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. Source: AP/AFR

Jakarta election tests Indonesia's limits of tolerance

19 April 2017

On 19 April, the residents of Jakarta – Indonesia’s sprawling capital – will go to the polls in an election that presents an unusually stark choice between religious solidarity and governmental...

The Foreign Minister seems blithely confident about America's willingness to lead in Asia

Bishop's doctrine of denial is no foreign policy future

22 March 2017

Julie Bishop is anxious about Asia. She worries about intensifying economic competition as too many workers in rising economies chase too few consumers elsewhere. And she worries about intensifying...

Supporters of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama cheers their candidate

Joko Widodo's stake in Jakarta's gubernatorial race

16 February 2017

The result of Wednesday’s gubernatorial election could well be as consequential. The five-yearly fight for the Jakarta governorship is setting itself up as the battlefield for proxies of...

Trump Pushes Australia Toward China

9 February 2017

The phone call last week between Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in which the president denounced a refugee deal made between the United States and Australia under President Obama,...

Obama press conference

Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

2 February 2017

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious...

Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has compared Beijing's actions in the South China Sea to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

With Donald Trump in the White House, what now for the Asia-Pacific?

23 January 2017

Will Trump slap tariffs on Chinese imports, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies? Will he forge a new great power alignment with Moscow, leaving Beijing out in the...

Malaysia PM Najib Razak

Najib fights to retain control after 1MDB scandal

31 December 2016

Najib quickly shut down Malaysian investigations into 1MDB in 2015. Yet external agencies and media sources have since tracked what they believe is an international chain of transactions enabling...

Dutertes year of living dangerously

Duterte's year of living dangerously

27 December 2016

Philippine politics in 2016 has been dominated by Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power. With five contenders for the presidency, pre-election polls in early January 2016 indicated that the administration...

John Blaxland

Fourty years of ASIO's unclassified history

14 December 2016

Dr John Blaxland takes us through 40 years of Australian spy history, from KGB moles in ASIO to political activism in the 60s to the sophistication of espionage. His book ‘The Secret Cold War: The...

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