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Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?

20 March 2018

BY MARK MANANTAN Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to skip the ASEAN-Australia commemorative summit did not come as a surprise. Despite the warm gesture extended by Australian Prime...

China’s quest for techno-military supremacy

8 March 2018

BY ADAM NI Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to transform China’s military into the world’s most powerful force by 2050. And he could be on track to do it. On the opening day of its National...

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When Australian nuclear weapons could make sense

30 January 2018

BY STEPHAN FRüHLING What a way to start a year! The debate initiated by three former Australian deputy secretaries of defence—Hugh White, Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith—about the possibility of...

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...

A member of the Chinese military marches before the welcoming ceremony for President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. AP

Foreign policy: why we should expect more of ourselves

4 December 2017

We are starting to turn the “soft bigotry of low expectations” against our own government, and therefore against ourselves. Look at the way we have responded to the government’s recent Foreign...

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Nov. 12 © AP

Vietnam manages delicate balance between US and China

16 November 2017

Donald Trump last week became the first U.S. president since the Vietnam War to have visited Vietnam during his first year of office, spending three days in the country during his inaugural Asian...

Even under Trump, US-Vietnam relations seem to be improving

15 November 2017

Given how closely Barack Obama was associated with the deepening of US-Vietnam ties, the change of administrations in the United States inevitably raised questions about the relationship’s...

Francophone Africa is Australia’s Final Diplomatic Frontier

3 November 2017

Francophone Africa is a relative unknown for many Australians, but as this group of countries begins to take its place on the global stage, Australia should take note. French-speaking nations make...

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The Battle of Beersheba, 100 years on

1 November 2017

In Australia’s memory of the Great War, the Sinai–Palestine Campaign gets comparatively little thought after Gallipoli and the Western Front. The exception is the Battle of Beersheba, fought on 31...

Turnbull Takes Part in Reinvigorated Pacific Islands Forum

8 September 2017

Barring unforeseen circumstances – and these days perhaps one shouldn’t talk too soon – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will fly to Samoa to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting....

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