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Economic diplomacy: Nation building at home and abroad
Economic diplomacy: Nation building at home and abroad
Broader security Australia’s ministers for home affairs and their immigration or border protection predecessors in recent years have tended to be associated with rhetoric about…
Asia skills critical to Australia’s economic future and security
Asia skills critical to Australia’s economic future and security
The Albanese government will hold its Jobs and Skills Summit next week in Canberra amid fierce debate about immigration, skills shortages, real wage growth and an uncertain…
Economic diplomacy: No free lunches for national security
Economic diplomacy: No free lunches for national security
Phones or thrones Here’s an interesting context for considering whether the Australian government struck the right balance in development aid last year by spending more money…
The time is right for Australia to forge stronger ties with Europe
The time is right for Australia to forge stronger ties with Europe
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has reminded Western Europe that security must still sometimes be guaranteed by the gun. Despite occasional glimpses of the…
Strategic divergence: Australia’s Southeast Asia challenge
Strategic divergence: Australia’s Southeast Asia challenge
Australia’s relationships with countries in Southeast Asia are not bad. The prime minister or foreign minister could happily turn up in any regional country and receive a warm…
Economic diplomacy: Mission critical as Australia’s own BRI gains pace
Economic diplomacy: Mission critical as Australia’s own BRI gains pace
Hey big spender The first loans under the Morrison government’s new program to support the production of critical minerals provides another insight into just how central the…
Bitcoin vs the IMF, and other great expectations
Bitcoin vs the IMF, and other great expectations
Digital divide El Salvador ranks only 89th on the latest index of cryptocurrency adoption around the world, but it may be at the frontline of one of the fascinating global…
China’s economic punishment – Best of The Interpreter 2021
China’s economic punishment – Best of The Interpreter 2021
The promise was pain. Anger China, so warned Beijing’s “wolf warrior” diplomats, and Australia’s economy would suffer. But for all the threats, tariffs and embargoes, Roland Rajah…
Economic diplomacy: Retro shopping beats the supply chain crisis
Economic diplomacy: Retro shopping beats the supply chain crisis
These Birks were made for walkin’ In the end it seems, like politics, all trade is local. It has been a big year for reshoring, diversification, logistics log jams and, as Joe…
Time to step up on global kleptocracy
Time to step up on global kleptocracy
When the Pandora Papers were published last month, few registered their significance for Australian statecraft. Spanning 11.9 million leaked documents, and exposing the property…