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How Indonesia's print media saw the Abbott visit

Yesterday Sam Roggeveen provided English-language links to coverage of Prime Minister Abbott's visit to Indonesia. This post looks at the Indonesian language print media on Tuesday and Wednesday. I've covered four of Indonesia's largest daily newspapers — Kompas, Jawa Pos, Koran Tempo and Media

Abbott is not a neocon

Interpreter Editor Sam Roggeveen, in a cover story for The Spectator Australia, discusses Prime Minister Abbott's brand of conservatism, his commitment to the US alliance, and the Angloshpere as an instrument of foreign policy. The full article is available here

Abbott's Indonesia visit: Links

Tony Abbott's press statement alongside President Yudhoyono. (UPDATE: Video of the joint press conference. Tks Politics Australia.) Abbott's remarks to the official dinner in Jakarta. Reporting on yesterday's meeting is mixed, with Fairfax saying Abbott got a significant concession from President

Not so inscrutable: Learning how Asians think

Melissa Conley Tyler is National Executive Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. In 1998 it was still possible to publish a book with the title Can Asians Think?, at least if you were Singaporean. I don’t think anyone would ask that question now. But at a time when Asia

Four Corners tackles PNG corruption

The ABC’s flagship current affairs program, Four Corners, last night investigated corruption in Papua New Guinea. In Preying on Paradise, journalist Marian Wilkinson looked at the extent of corruption in our nearest neighbour. This kind of report is long overdue in Papua New Guinea. A focus

Christopher Koch, 1932-2013: A literary guide to Asia

The death yesterday of Christopher Koch at the age of 81 marks the end of a distinguished literary career. Twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Koch's work as a writer spanned novels and poetry as well as pungent commentary on what he saw as the failings of contemporary culture. For those

Joint Strike Fighter: Vanity Fair piles on

Much better than Four Corners' effort from January, because it presents the case for the JSF as well as against. Still it's a damning portrait of a flawed aircraft that is protected from serious scrutiny: The political process that keeps the Joint Strike Fighter airborne has never stalled. The

Andrew Michelmore: Understanding China's SOEs

Eva O’Dea is a Research Associate in the Lowy Institute’s East Asia Program. Australia needs to better understand Chinese state owned enterprises (SOEs), according to Andrew Michelmore, CEO of MMG Limited. In his address to the Lowy Institute’s tenth anniversary China Changing Lecture in

Michelmore on Chinese investment in Australia

Eva O’Dea is a Research Associate in the Lowy Institute’s East Asia Program. Australia has ‘tarnished’ its reputation for policy stability in recent years through mismanagement and miscommunication over the introduction of the Minerals Resources Rent Tax and carbon pricing, according to

Women in parliament: Australia vs the world

There has been much consternation both at home and abroad about the lack of women in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's ministry, announced this week. The Washington Post, following the lead of the AP wires, billed the cabinet numbers story as a ‘rekindling’ of the Abbott sexism debate, a line that

First female foreign minister is a milestone

In the midst of the debate about the gender deficit in the new Abbott cabinet, we risk failing to recognise a milestone for Australia. Australia’s first female governor-general is swearing in Julie Bishop as our first female foreign minister today. As Annabel Crabb argues, Bishop is not a token

Balancing the national interest(s)

Melissa Conley Tyler is National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs. With the election of the Abbott Government, expect to hear a lot about the national interest. The last time the Liberal-National Coalition was in power it produced a foreign policy white paper

Australia gears up for UNSC Syria talks

Denis Fitzgerald is a freelance journalist covering the United Nations in New York. He blogs at UN Tribune. For the first two weeks of Australia’s presidency, the UN Security Council has not met formally to discuss the situation in Syria (though there’s been plenty of informal discussion

The election, as seen from Europe

Dr Daniel Woker is the former Swiss Ambassador to Australia and now a Senior Lecturer at the University of St Gallen. 'Die Wahl zwischen Dr Death und Dr No' ('The choice between Dr Death [Kevin Rudd] and Dr No [Tony Abbott]') was the headline of an article in a Swiss newspaper. It is a short-

The St Petersburg G20 blues

 Mike Callaghan is Director of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre. The St Petersburg G20 summit is over. Now the hangover. In assessing its significance and implications for Australia when it chairs the G20 next year, here are nine questions to consider. 1. What was the impact of Syria?

Introducing Australia's new government: People and policies

 The centre-right Coalition parties have won the Australian election. Below, we introduce our readers to some of the key figures and policies of the incoming government, based on The Interpreter's 2013 election coverage. The people Early in the campaign Sam Roggeveen profiled Prime Minister-elect

The men who would minister war (II)

Part 1 of this profile of Labor's prospective new defence minister Mike Kelly MP and shadow Defence Minister Senator David Johnston appeared yesterday. For men who will have responsibility for administering war if their party is elected tomorrow, neither David Johnston nor Mike Kelly want to talk

The election, from overseas (part 4)

Marty Harris is an Assistant Digital Editor at the Lowy Institute. Prime Minister Rudd's defence of marriage equality on Q&A went viral: covered by TIME, BBC, The Independent, the UK Telegraph, The Washington Post, and many others. A YouTube clip of the Prime Minister's remarks has been viewed

Coalition releases its foreign policy

Yesterday afternoon, less than two days before Australia goes to the polls, the Liberal-National Coalition released its official foreign policy statement (the Labor Party is yet to release one). A few small observations about the document, followed by one big point: The statement has the clear

Bennelong, Australia and the world

Nicholas Stuart is right to say that there are no votes in foreign and defence policy, hence these two areas rarely get debated during election campaigns (he might have added foreign aid, too).  But these issues do creep into the national debate through proxies, as illustrated by the Sydney seat

Coalition announces cuts to foreign aid

The Liberal-National Coalition's decision to cut growth in foreign aid spending by $4.5 billion over the forward estimates has created a last-minute election debate about Australia's foreign aid commitments. Foreign Minister Bob Carr is yet to announce (at time of writing) the details of the Labor

The men who would minister war

Mike Kelly's got a plane to catch and a marginal seat to win, but offers some final advice for a defence minister: 'the first report you ever get in Defence on anything is invariably incomplete or wrong. Be very careful about rushing to judgement on anything'. It's good advice for the vastly

Washington adrift, needs Aussie PM with vision

Michael Green is Senior Vice President for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, a Professor at Georgetown University and a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute. It is always reassuring to see the protagonists in Australian federal elections stand united in

India missing from Abbott Asia priorities?

Danielle Rajendram is a Lowy Institute research associate. Her work focuses on Indian foreign and domestic policy, India-China relations and Asian security. In an attempt to bolster his Asia credentials, Tony Abbott has identified Indonesia, China, Japan and South Korea as his first overseas

For Rudd Mk 2, foreign policy an afterthought

Nicholas Stuart is a Canberra Times columnist and author of Kevin Rudd: An Unauthorised Political Biography, What Goes Up: Behind the 2007 Election and Rudd's Way: November 2007-June 2010. There's a simple reason foreign affairs and defence issues have only surfaced briefly during this election

Bob Carr, a tribal Labor/Democrat man

Andrew West is an ABC Radio National presenter, a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, and author of Bob Carr: A Self-Made Man.  In part 1 of this essay, I said that Bob Carr always had a reflexive commitment to Australia's alliance with the US, but that if he saw himself as anything, it was

Change of government means change of diplomats

Daniel Flitton is senior correspondent for The Age covering foreign affairs and politics. Bags packed, removalists ready, Victoria's ex-premier Steve Bracks is making a final swing through Melbourne's boardrooms in this last week of the election campaign to gauge thinking in the business community

Election enters its OK Corral phase

At a different time, Tony Abbott's cowboys-and-Indians reductionism of the Syria crisis ('It's not goodies versus baddies, it's baddies versus baddies') might have played right into Labor's characterisation of the Opposition Leader as a man not ready to lead Australia into the world. But

Bob Carr, from base to apex

Andrew West is an ABC Radio National presenter, a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, and author of Bob Carr: A Self-Made Man. In less than a week, Bob Carr is scheduled to join the leaders of the G20 nations in St Petersburg, Russia (unless Prime Minister Rudd makes a late decision to

Mike Kelly gets his history backward

It sounds as if neither party landed a knockout blow at the debate held in Canberra yesterday between Shadow Defence Minister Senator David Johnston and Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly. The hosts, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, had the peculiar challenge of presenting an

The election, from overseas (part 3)

Marty Harris is an Assistant Digital Editor at the Lowy Institute.  Australian comedian Adam Hills cast his pre-poll vote in London recently. He laments that the UK's coverage of the election focuses on little besides gaffes and scandals. The BBC on the pros and cons of compulsory voting. Ha'

Keeping up with Rudd

After three-and-a-half weeks of campaigning in which foreign and national security policy barely got a look in, it's now getting hard to keep up with Prime Minister Rudd's announcements and pronouncements. Let's recap: On Tuesday at the Lowy Institute, the PM announced that the Navy's major east

Logic and politics in Rudd's navy base plan

Rear Admiral (ret'd) James Goldrick AO, CSC is a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute. The Prime Minister's announcement at the Lowy Institute yesterday of a 'Future Navy' Task Force is a curious mixture of logic and opportunism. There is a clear need to look at the long-term set-up of ship

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