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Populism and the Australian election: what could fringe voters deliver to our parliament?

13 May 2019

BY PAUL KENNY With populists in control of the world’s most populous democracies, not least the United States, a question on the mind of many is what effect populism might have on this month’s...

A health worker from the World Health Organization gives an Ebola vaccination to a front-line aid worker, Mbandaka, Congo

Do Proposed Reforms of the World Health Organization Go Far Enough?

19 March 2019

BY JEREMY YOUDE Amid widespread criticism of its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa five years ago, the World Health Organization took stock of what went wrong. In a report released in...

Algerian Protests: A Popular Movement Against an Ailing President

17 March 2019

BY WILLIAM FISHER The announcement Algeria’s elusive President would seek a fifth term led to mass protests across the country. While President Bouteflika has now bowed to protesters’ demands and...

Competing Pacific narratives

20 January 2019

BY JOANNE WALLIS This article was originally published by East Asia Forum. Two narratives dominated geopolitical discussions of the Pacific islands in 2018 — that of the Blue Pacific and the Indo-...

Indonesian democracy: from stagnation to regression?

14 November 2018

BY EVE WARBURTON AND EDWARD ASPINALL For much of the past decade, observers have praised Indonesian democracy. Elections have been competitive, the country boasts a vibrant civil society, and the...

A hesitant tiger awakens

24 August 2018

BY DR DAVID BREWSTER India’s foreign policy elites are grappling with a wide array of strategic challenges as the power of the country rises, writes Dr David Brewster, PhD ’10. As India rises as a...

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 DR 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...

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