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Thursday 27 Apr 2017 | 13:17 | 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.

26 Apr 2017 16:25

China launches its second aircraft carrier

China has announced the launch of its first home-built aircraft carrier, and Twitter is now awash with images of the ceremonial event. When it eventually enters service after several years of fitting out, testing and crew training, it will be the second aircraft carrier in the PLA Navy inventory....

26 Apr 2017 14:25

Theresa May's chance to rebuild her party and the nation

It's not often in politics that a window of opportunity opens as wide as the one Theresa May is looking into right now. Newly elected prime ministers are notoriously reluctant to bet the farm when they still have a few years to run - in Mrs May's case till mid-2020. Gordon Brown blinked in 2007,...

26 Apr 2017 10:38

India remains cautious about the 'quad'

Days after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull returned from a successful visit to India, speculation emerged that New Delhi might reject Canberra's request for participation in Malabar, a multilateral naval exercise comprising India, the US and Japan. A media report noted that a formal...

26 Apr 2017 9:37

French election a swansong for liberal globalism

In a fascinating series for Le Figaro, veteran French journalist Laure Mandeville embarked a fortnight ago on a journey across five départements from Paris’s northern banlieues to the Atlantic coast. After eight years in Washington ending in Donald Trump’s improbable rise to the White House,...

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...