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Militia leaders and fighters surrendered weapons and ammunition in 2003 after the international mission restored peace to the islands. Photo: Gary Ramage

As RAMSI's costly Solomon Islands rescue mission ends, its gains may vanish swiftly

30 June 2017

On Friday, one of Australia’s most significant, and expensive, foreign policy forays of recent times will come to an end. Over the last 14 years, more than $3 billion was spent on a tiny...

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Trump—channelling George Kennan, eight decades on

14 June 2017

In his blustering, bumbling way, Trump may be fulfilling the long held ambition of George Kennan on the world order. And while the transition is risky, it may ultimately be for the best. To see why,...

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Shangri-La Dialogue should address Asia's new strategic order

1 June 2017

Each year, the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore provides a platform for Washington to affirm America’s strategic commitment to Asia, promote its policies to strengthen United States regional...

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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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Ebola 2.0?

16 May 2017

Ebola is back, but that doesn’t mean that the world should panic. A little more than a year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the West African Ebola outbreak, which killed more...

Asean leaders link arms at the opening ceremony of the association's 30th gathering in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Asean’s response to Chinese militarisation in the South China Sea? Keep quiet and carry on

5 May 2017

As far as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is concerned, the islands in the South China Sea are rising but the sea is sinking. The outcome of the 30th Asean Summit last week in Manila...

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Has ASEAN given up on tackling the South China Sea issue?

4 May 2017

The outcome of the 30th ASEAN Summit on 29 April in Manila suggests that the Southeast Asian region has moved on from the disputes over South China Sea, despite the fact that no other issue more...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (C) and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the Lima Convention Centre in Lima on November 20, 2016.  |  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Different Paths to a Common Goal: Enhancing Canada-Australia Collaboration in Asia

27 April 2017

Australia and Canada have been described as “strategic cousins” – two countries with much in common in terms of their foreign policy interests. Both are federal bicameral Westminster-style...

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Q&A: What Role has the Fight against Terror Played in the French Election?

22 April 2017

As the 11 candidates vying for the French presidency were making their last televised bids to the electorate on the evening of April 20, news broke that a policeman had been killed in an attack on...

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Trump is not serious about dealing with North Korea

21 April 2017

Call me an optimist, but I think war on the Korean Peninsula is very unlikely. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Trump Administration’s bellicose and amateurish antics over the issue are...

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