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Thursday 23 Mar 2017 | 08:42 | SYDNEY
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16 Mar 2017 10:56

The global economy: Surviving Trump just fine

Whatever may be happening to the global security system, the global economy is growing, prospering, and is every day more closely integrated.

22 Mar 2017 12:17

Myanmar: NLD scores own goal in Mon State

Last weekend some 20,000 people took part in a protest over the naming of a bridge crossing the Thanlwin River connecting Mawlamyine and Chaungzon in Mon State, Myanmar. The march was by far the largest protest to take place since the Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) took...

22 Mar 2017 9:08

India's nuclear doctrine should no longer be taken for granted

In recent years, a debate over India’s nuclear doctrine – how and when it plans to use nuclear weapons – has rekindled. The issue was raised in the BJP’s 2014 manifesto, then by a couple of former heads of India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC), and most recently by former defence minister Manohar...

21 Mar 2017 16:47

Are US Fed rate projections ‘behind the curve’?

Last Wednesday the US Federal Reserve raised the Fed funds rate for the third time since the 2008 financial crisis. Financial market commentators have worked hard over this eight-year period to create downside drama in the narrative of the return of interest rates from the abnormally low levels of...

21 Mar 2017 16:34

What to expect from Li Keqiang’s Australia trip

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's week-long visit to Australia (and New Zealand) comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity spurred by US President Donald Trump's disruption of the international relations equilibrium. Li's main objective is promoting trade and investment, particularly through President...

21 Mar 2017 13:22

Dear foreign policy elite: You’re obsolete

Rex Tillerson recently completed his first trip to Beijing as Secretary of State. Since then, a slew of critics have panned Tillerson for supposedly handing China a ‘diplomatic victory’ because a joint media conference includes phrases like ‘win-win’ and ‘mutual respect’ - notions these critics don...