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Long reads
20 Feb 2017 17:10

Democracy in Indonesia: A cause for celebration

While its neighbours in Southeast Asia have become increasingly autocratic, Indonesia continues to quietly consolidate its democratic institutions.

20 Feb 2017 13:03

Infighting in the Syrian civil war

Just as there is no honour amongst thieves, there is rarely unity amongst jihadis. Given Islam is an interpretive religion, there is sometimes ideological competition among groups as to who is (or, more often, who isn’t) following God’s true path when killing people. But often the cause of...

20 Feb 2017 8:47

Networks and narratives: Public diplomacy in the DFAT White Paper

This post is part of a debate on Australia’s foreign policy White paper 2017. Click here for other debate posts. Australia has a great story to tell the world, a powerful 'strategic narrative' that is a potent source of soft power. But it's increasingly difficult for this story to be heard, given...

17 Feb 2017 16:02

The 'China Solution': Beijing responds to Trump

A draft Trump Administration executive order threatening cuts to America’s UN funding, not least for peacekeeping, has been circulating since late January. Days before it emerged, People’s Daily carried yet another op-ed on the 'China Solution', hailing ‘the glory it sheds on the cause of peace,...

17 Feb 2017 14:00

Democracy won't be the winner in Hong Kong election

Lovers carrying bouquets of roses and peonies were everywhere on the streets of Hong Kong on Valentine’s Day. But the romantic vibe didn’t extent to Hong Kong politics, in which Tuesday 14 February was also an important day: the beginning of the two-week ‘formal’ nomination process for the city’s...