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The Brexit effect on global security

29 June 2016

The ramifications of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union extend beyond turmoil in the financial markets to very serious and far-reaching effects on global security, writes John Blaxland...

Brexit

Brexit serves as a warning to ASEAN

28 June 2016

The lesson from the UK-EU split should not be one of smugness, but that regional cooperation only exists thanks to citizens’ permission. For decades the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN...

Mahathir and Malaysia’s money politics

28 June 2016

In a country where cash is king, soon nothing will happen without bribery, alleges former PM. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad looked on Thursday like a man with important calculations to make...

Calls for secession from ethnic minority groups in Myanmar’s border regions date back as far as independence from Britain in 1948. Photo: Nyan Zay Htet / The Myanmar Times

Secession in a democratic system?

27 June 2016

Eventually, the shockwaves from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will ripple into Myanmar affairs. One way or another, we all need to digest the lessons of last week’s historic referendum...

Napyidaw

Eye witness to early reform in Myanmar

21 March 2016

Department of Political & Social Change fellow, Dr Trevor Wilson has released a new book – Eye witness to early reform in Myanmar.Published by ANU Press, the book provides the first ‘on the...

When will the Lebanese presidential merry-go-round stop spinning?

When will the Lebanese presidential merry-go-round stop spinning?

22 February 2016

And so the painfully slow process of agreeing on a new president for Lebanon continues.  A breakthrough — of sorts —  was reported last month when candidate Samir Geagea announced he was pulling out...

No more middle ground in our democracies.

No more middle ground in our democracies

19 February 2016

The centre of politics across major democracies is being hollowed out by a combination of anger, impatience and fatigue, writes Mathew Davies. Hillary Clinton’s 0.3 per cent victory over Bernie...

City in Asia.

Tackling the region’s policy challenges

27 January 2016

New issue of Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies confronts key policy concernsFrom simmering tensions in the South China Sea, to fledging democracy in Myanmar, and developing relationships between...

John Blaxland discusses ASIO.

The Protest Years: history shows ASIO at its lowest ebb

13 January 2016

Just before Christmas, some commentators challenged the wisdom of telephone calls by ASIO head Duncan Lewis to some Coalition members of parliament relating to the tone of public references to Islam...

The meaning of Myanmar's 2015 election - summary paper

The meaning of Myanmar's 2015 election - summary paper

22 December 2015

On 13 November 2015, a closed-session roundtable was held at University of Yangon’s Department of International Relations in collaboration with The Australian National University’s Myanmar Research...

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