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Dr Gordon Peake. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Peake top of the pile with ACT book of the year

6 March 2015

Stories of Timor-Leste by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific academic wins $10,000 prize. Memoirs from a foreign aid posting to Timor-Leste has culminated in ANU College of Asia and the Pacific...

Is Australia's engagement with Asia over?

3 March 2015

 A new book on Australia’s role in Asia finds the country has moved to a new phase in its relationships with the region.From towing back boats to cattle bans and ignored pleas for clemency, it would...

When bad politics can lead to good policy

27 February 2015

We're often told good policy is good politics. Sometimes however what seems like terrible politics can create good policy. So it is with Australia's submarines, writes ANDREW CARR.Ever since the last...

Andrew Chan (right) and Myuran Sukumaran talk to their lawyer.

Don't shoot the messenger

17 February 2015

Keeping death row inmates alive is one of the best chances of success in Joko Widodo’s war on drugs, write Clarke Jones and James Giggacher. Indonesia has announced that death row inmates and '...

Will Gusmao continue to influence Timor-Leste politics from the shadows? Photo by Rusty Stewart on flickr.

Can Xanana Gusmao anoint his successor?

10 February 2015

Timor-Leste’s departing prime minister still seeks to play a major role in the country’s often volatile and rocky politics, writes Sue Ingram. On 5 February, Timor-Leste’s long-serving prime minister...

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