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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 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...

08 Dec 2016 12:32

The future of the AIIB is bigger than Australian coal

The Australian has run a story, 'Power row engulfs Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank', about tensions between the Australian government and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) over the focus on renewable energy in the latter's proposed energy strategy. Most of the article...

08 Dec 2016 8:48

Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace

The people of Myanmar have always been able to capture complex issues in pithy, often humorous, ways. One joke currently doing the rounds is that, after decades of trying to get into the driver’s seat of the rickety old bus that is modern Myanmar, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has discovered...