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22 Dec 2016 09:07

Explaining China’s involvement in the South Sudan peace process

Most analyses of China’s relations with South Sudan begin and end with oil, but this is far from the whole story.

16 Jan 2017 11:24

India: Still blaming victims for violence against women

Last year, I wrote in the Interpreter about Modi’s panic button policy approach to increasing concerns about women’s safety in India. Fast forward seven months and on New Year’s Eve, in the south Indian city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), women were harassed, groped, and assaulted en...

16 Jan 2017 10:20

Let's face it, China's military now dominates ASEAN

Over the last year, there has been a sharp regional strategic shift. In the South China Sea, China has built six large islands, three substantial air bases and three sizeable electronic surveillance installations. China has effectively moved some 1100km closer to Australia, deep into the geographic...

16 Jan 2017 8:00

Obama's legacy: The world is more dangerous for Australia

President Obama’s personal attributes, shown to great effect in his farewell speech in Chicago, may not be enough to carry his reputation through the consequences of his Administration. For Australia, Obama’s presidency has resulted in challenges to the world order not seen for decades. There may...

14 Jan 2017 8:04

Weekend catch-up: Tillerson, Timor-Leste, trade and more

It was another big week for Donald Trump on The Interpreter, and he hasn't even taken office yet. Trump misunderstands just how much the US benefits from international trade, but how much damage could he actually do? Stephen Grenville: When Trump has the reins of power in his hands, he will of...

13 Jan 2017 15:09

Malaysia's Rohingya aid flotilla: Activism for its own sake

For several years, Malaysian religious and human rights organisations, often claiming support from the 100,000+ Rohingya Muslim community in the country, have rebuked Prime Minister Najib Razak for doing too little to help Muslims in Myanmar. Although the issue concerns a regional neighbour, these...

13 Jan 2017 11:55

Trump wants to work with Assad. Can Australia follow?

Among the more notable positions of President-elect Donald Trump are his affinity towards foreign policy mercantilism (viewing world affairs through the prism of financial return on US investment) and authoritarian leaders. These are apparent from his desire for allies such as South Korea...