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Volunteers on the Malaysian aid ship Nautical Aliya wave the Malaysian flag as they provide relief for Rohinya refugees in chittagong, Bangladesh. Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Is ASEAN a newfound voice for the Rohingya?

29 March 2017

The democratisation of Myanmar, culminating in the National League for Democracy’s assumption of power in early 2016, was meant to mark a step forward for the Rohingya. The hopes of the international...

Attack on Pakistan police academy shows reach of Islamic State

27 October 2016

It is believed ISIS may have carried out the attack in conjunction with a Pakistani militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Reporters on the scene said one of the dead militants — the one who hadn’t...

Asia's child migrants

17 September 2016

Leaving one’s birthplace to move to a new region or country has been one of the central features of human civilisation. An estimated 214 million people worldwide are international migrants and 740...

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Narendra Modi's yoga diplomacy, or how India is winning friends and influencing people

11 September 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra​ Modi​ is a big fan of yoga. He calls it “India’s gift to the world” and recommends people make yoga as much a part of daily life as their mobile phone. After...

USS Lassen. Photo: US Pacific Fleet (Flickr)

Sea Folly and US-China Relations

30 October 2015

After months of increasing concerns about China's land reclamation in the South China Sea, going back to at least May, the United States decision to conduct a patrol within 12 nautical miles of...

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (centre L) and his wife Chow Mei-ching (centre R) during a National Day ceremony in front of the presidential palace in Taipei on October 10, 2015. Image by AFP.

Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict

27 October 2015

 With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question, writes Hugh White. Things in the South China Sea look dangerous enough, but worse might be coming. On January...

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Sea change

19 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing's land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

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