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  • 20 Jan 2017 17:14

    Who's who in Taiwan's Trump delegation

    Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has sent an 11-strong cross-party delegation to today’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, urging them interact with and thank Trump.

  • 20 Jan 2017 17:06

    Will Modi and Trump get along?

    The story of Narendra Modi's rise to power in India sounds eerily familiar today. And at first glance, Modi and President-elect Donald Trump should be natural allies.

  • 20 Jan 2017 15:08

    Obama's legacy: Bold leadership on climate

    Battling climate change was a signature issue of President Barack Obama’s tenure, particularly during the his second term.

Middle East

Syria and the problem with numbers

Syria has already been referred to as the most socially-mediated conflict ever. But while most have viewed Syria through this lens (often because it's the platform favoured by reporters), social media has proven to be a poor substitute for accuracy. The problem, of course, is that objective news

The Interpreter's best of 2016: Syria

It was another year of war for Syria, one in which the tide swung from forces opposed to the Assad regime back to the Syrian military and those aligned with it. The Lowy Institute Research Fellow Rodger Shanahan made sure Interpreter readers knew not just what was going on but what it meant. In the

Middle East diplomacy: Assad will have to be included

While the intensity of violence in Syria may wind back in 2017, the transactional qualities and dilemmas of Middle East politics and diplomacy will be even more evident. The Syrian government’s ruthless application of siege warfare against the rebel forces in East Aleppo is expected to see the

'First we take Aleppo, then we take Idlib'

The gradual isolation and strangulation of Aleppo is part of a much broader strategy that has taken shape over the past year, albeit in the case of Aleppo on a much different scale. The actions follow a familiar pattern: encirclement; cutting off military and life support functions; limited

Egypt back on the brink

Six years after the revolution in Egypt that demanded bread and social justice, the country is on the brink again. With inflation at a seven-year high, a foreign exchange crisis that has led to food shortages, and debt and the deficit rising, the country is facing its worst economic and financial

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