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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a leadership challenge in September, and his approval ratings are in a slump. Xinhua

Should Shinzo Abe happen to meet Kim Jong-un

19 June 2018

BY LAUREN RICHARDSON If Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not come to the table with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and attempt to resolve the abduction problem once again, he will likely become...

Australia and the Korean Crisis: Confronting the limits of influence?

27 April 2018

BY PROFESSOR ANDREW O’NEIL, DR BRENDAN TAYLOR and PROFESSOR WILLIAM T. TOW North Korea’s announcement last weekend that it has suspended its nuclear and missile testing programs is one...

Unlikely allies: longstanding opposition figure Wan Azizah (left) with former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (second from right) after Malaysia’’s opposition named Mahathir as its candidate for prime minister. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Mahathir Mohamad crops up again in bid to lead Malaysia – with Anwar on the same side

12 January 2018

BY DR AMRITA MALHI On January 8, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his intention to contest the next general election, due sometime before August this year. In an...

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Simplistic views of Indonesian Islam are limiting Australian diplomacy

25 July 2017

A recent survey asked Australians to select words that best represent Indonesia. By far the most popular word was ‘religious’ (68 per cent), which subsequent focus group discussions revealed mainly...

Vietnam is a Promising Partner for the Trump Administration

13 July 2017

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was the first Southeast Asian head of state — and the third from Asia (after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping) — to meet...

 Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army. Concerns have been raised about collaboration between Australian research institutes and Chinese defence interests. Photograph: Reuters

CSIRO cooperation with Chinese defence contractor should raise questions

7 June 2017

In April 2017 a joint centre for advanced science and technology research was launched at the University of Technology, Sydney. The partner and funder is the China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC...

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun salutes as he leaves the monument of King Rama I after signing a new constitution in Bangkok, Thailand April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

Thailand’s constitutional dispossession

7 June 2017

On 6 April 2017, Thailand’s 20th constitution came into force, replacing a temporary constitution that was handed down in the wake of the country’s most recent coup almost three years earlier. The...

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A professor detained for his thoughts

7 June 2017

Article originally written by Yukti Mukdawijitra. Note: On 29 April, a university professor was arrested as part of a sweep of six individuals accused of committing lèse majesté by posting to...

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Querying Martial Law in Mindanao

1 June 2017

Even by Philippine standards, the past week has been a tumultuous one. Militants linked to Islamic State fought security forces in the Islamic City of Marawi, President Duterte cut short a state...

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Angela Merkel declares independence, sort of

31 May 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel might have just told the Frankfurt beer hall crowd earlier this week that ‘The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out’. But she didn...

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