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Wednesday 26 Apr 2017 | 15:52 | SYDNEY
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07 Apr 2017 10:25

Currents of disruption: Not just a new world order, but a new world

The challenges are tectonic and technological. When and if they are spent, they will leave us with a new world beyond the realms of current-day perception. Four such disruptive developments are most noteworthy.

24 Apr 2017 17:32

What are North Korea’s chemical-weapon capabilities?

Since Malaysian authorities identified the nerve agent VX as the cause of death in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean's Kim Jong Un, concerns have been raised over the state's chemical weapons capabilities. Earlier this month in parliament, Japanese Prime Minister...

24 Apr 2017 12:04

Anzac Day: Remembering the soldiers on unexpected battlefields

My experience of Anzac Day probably mirrors that of a lot of Australians: some initial connection with returned diggers, then a role in their commemoration. As a very young tacker I would occasionally be taken into the city to see an uncle (a World War II veteran) march. The crowds were, to a...

24 Apr 2017 11:30

Belt and Road: Australia cautious, but New Zealand sees opportunity

New Zealand became ‘the first Western developed country’ to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) when it signed a Memorandum of Arrangement (MoA) during Premier Li’s March visit. For New Zealand, signing up to the BRI was the logical next step in a long-held policy of engagement with China...

24 Apr 2017 9:05

Three questions about North Korea

Below, I tease out a few below-the-radar observations in the form of three questions. Each addresses the problem from a different angle. 1. Is the Trump Administration as serious about confronting North Korea as appears? It's tempting to hang the tag of adventurism on an impulsive character like...

22 Apr 2017 9:00

Weekend catch-up: Votes, visas and violent extremism

The UK will go to the polls on 8 June after Prime Minister Theresa May got parliamentary support for an early election (the third nationwide vote in three years, not counting the Scottish-only independence referendum of 2014). It’s hard to see how this could go badly for May, former Australian...