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Bangkok not all trouble and strife

Put aside the malaise in Thai politics and society for a moment and take the time to enjoy this beautifully shot and edited short film, shot in and around Bangkok, Pai, Mae Hong Son and the Thailand/Myanmar border region in late July 2013. This one definitely deserves the full-screen treatment: (

Bangkok not all trouble and strife

Put aside the malaise in Thai politics and society for a moment and take the time to enjoy this beautifully shot and edited short film, shot in and around Bangkok, Pai, Mae Hong Son and the Thailand/Myanmar border region in late July 2013. This one definitely deserves the full-screen treatment: (

Bangkok not all trouble and strife

Put aside the malaise in Thai politics and society for a moment and take the time to enjoy this beautifully shot and edited short film, shot in and around Bangkok, Pai, Mae Hong Son and the Thailand/Myanmar border region in late July 2013. This one definitely deserves the full-screen treatment: (

Can China win by opting out?

[youtube:VQDtWzqQSks#t=28] There's so much discussion out there about China's rise, its territorial quarrels with neighbours and the risk (some would say inevitability) of eventual conflict between the great powers that we rarely step back to think outside the terms of this power struggle. What if

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

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

Views across the Pacific: Change in Myanmar

Although still not a democracy, Myanmar has been the standout case of political change in Southeast Asia over the past two years. In this new video, the third in the 'Views Across the Pacific' series with the Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, I discuss with Ernie

Movie trailer: The Railway Man

The Railway Man is the story of a former British POW who tracks down the Japanese officer who tortured him. It's a moving trailer on a subject that could hardly be more relevant to the Australian Defence Force and many other armed forces, that of the trauma suffered by returning soldiers. (H/t

The flaw in Obama's Syria plan

[youtube:y52LeaK6tHA#t=11] President Obama's address to the nation today included an explicit assurance against any escalation beyond targeted strikes that would punish the Assad regime for its chemical weapons use and deter and future use: I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I

Syria: Russia offers Obama a way out

Bob Bowker is a former Australian ambassador to Jordan, Egypt and Syria. He is now an Adjunct Professor at the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. Russia has offered President Obama a way out from the prospect of losing a vote in Congress authorising the use of US armed force against Syria

Thinking big about democracy

ABC Radio National is creating some nice videos to accompany their interviews, and here's a recent one with Francis Fukuyama and John Keane from the University of Sydney, talking about democracy in an age in which people seemingly have no faith that real change can emerge from political parties. For

Documentary teaser: Unknown Known

Via Fallows, here's a sneak peek at Errol Morris' (The Fog of War) new documentary about the Iraq war, Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld. There's no release date for the film yet

In conversation: John Garnaut

Tomorrow at 31 Bligh St, former Fairfax China correspondent John Garnaut will speak with East Asia Program Director Linda Jakobson to discuss the future of the Communist Party in China. The event is already sold out, but a podcast will be made available. For those interested in John's thoughts on

Pacific forum fights for relevance

The 2013 Pacific Islands Forum starts today and the host, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, wants climate change to be the major focus, naming the theme of the leaders' summit as 'Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge'. As Marshall Islands Senator Tony de Brum explains in

Pacific Islands Forum at a crossroads

Associate Professor Sandra Tarte is in the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific. Climate change and Fiji's election plans are touted as being the top issues at this year's Pacific Islands Forum, which convenes in the Republic of the

Syria: Ready, aim...wait a minute

To say that Saturday's White House decision to delay a military strike on Syrian targets in order to seek Congressional approval was unexpected would be an understatement. But when you are the commander-in-chief of a very powerful military and the political leader of a democratic country that is