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07 Dec 2016 10:57

Renzi's referendum and the future of the euro

Sold as a celebration of European unity in diversity, the euro is today experienced as an instrument of brutal homogenisation.

09 Dec 2016 13:51

How the ABC can avoid tuning out the Pacific

This week the ABC announced it would end shortwave transmission services to the Pacific region early next year, delivering an estimated $2.8 million in savings. It’s unclear exactly how much of these savings will be ring-fenced for the ABC’s already stripped-back Pacific services. I have a lot of...

09 Dec 2016 12:25

Laos: Playing to win in Mekong hydropower game

At a time of deep concern about the ecological future of the Mekong River (declining fish stocks, reduced water and sedimentation flows, and destructive saltwater incursion into the Mekong delta), Laos, the minnow of the participants in the Mekong River Agreement of 1995, is continuing to...

09 Dec 2016 10:50

Dealing with xenophobic nationalism: Lessons from Singapore

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech to a conference of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) on 4 December highlighted his government’s acute recognition of the challenges posed to the liberal international order that has provided a benign context for the city-state’s development...

09 Dec 2016 8:30

Why Trump shouldn't weaken US sanctions on Russia (Part 2)

Part 1 of this series examined the history of the US sanctions on Russia and differing measures of their success. This post looks at the impact of those sanctions in Central Asia amid many competing interests. Since 1991 Russia has tried to consolidate its presence in Central Asia. At the same...