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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.

17 Jan 2017 10:42

Taking the terror out of terrorism (part 1)

This is the first post in a three-part series. The current terrorist problem is, by most metrics, larger than ever. There have been four successful terrorist attacks in Australia since September 2014. Outside of Australia, terrorist attacks are occurring more frequently and killing greater...

17 Jan 2017 9:17

Obama's legacy: Leaving Northeast Asia on a high point

As US President Barack Obama leaves office, he bequeaths his successor a solid framework in northeast Asia, and decent relationships with its players, barring, of course, the extreme outlier of North Korea. The following is a general overview of his measured success: Regional context: The Pivot...

16 Jan 2017 17:02

Beware of provocation in the South China Sea

American Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has provoked controversy with statements about possible actions by the United States in the South China Sea. In testimony at a confirmation hearing he suggested the US might deny China access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea. This...

16 Jan 2017 15:32

Missed opportunities at the Australia-Japan summit

Although it took place at Kirribilli House, just around the corner from where I live, I can unfortunately claim no inside information on last weekend’s Sydney summit between Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Shinzo Abe. From this nosy neighbour’s reading though, the outcomes on defence and...

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...