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Wednesday 26 Apr 2017 | 04:25 | 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 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...

21 Apr 2017 12:41

Jakarta election result spells trouble for Jokowi and Indonesia

The heavy loss of incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama to former education minister Anies Baswedan signals rising intolerance and demonstrates the influence of hard-line Muslim groups in Indonesia, spelling trouble for President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and moderate Indonesians of...