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Long reads
21 Feb 2017 17:29

Facebook's manifesto: Why the world needs a say

Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a 6000-word manifesto on how Facebook aims to change the way civic society operates around the world.

21 Feb 2017 9:10

One big question the White Paper cannot ignore

This post is part of a debate on Australia’s foreign policy White paper 2017. Click here for other debate posts. Back in October I wrote a piece about the Foreign Policy White Paper ('White Paper blues') which asked what might be behind Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's statement that the purpose...

20 Feb 2017 17:10

Democracy in Indonesia: A cause for celebration

Prior to Indonesia holding 101 local elections across the nation, Islamic leaders and the National Police publicly urged citizens to stay united. National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian asserted that differences 'are common in a democracy'. He said: 'You may have different candidate...

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...