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Wednesday 18 Jan 2017 | 19:44 | SYDNEY
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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.

18 Jan 2017 11:32

Why teaching refugee children is so critical

Last year Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton made a link between refugee intakes and terrorism. He has also suggested an increase in the humanitarian refugee intake would result in ‘Illiterate and innumerate’ refugees either taking Australian jobs or languishing on government handout....

18 Jan 2017 8:50

Trump and the intelligence community

Not for the first time in US history, Russia hysteria has hijacked the political discourse. Rhetoric abounds that Russia 'hacked' the US election; the actual charge is that the Russian government covertly accessed the email account of senior Clinton aide John Podesta and later supplied his...

17 Jan 2017 17:05

Tapei and Beijing should tell the US to back off

Even before taking up office the new US Administration has managed to disturb the climate of cross-strait relations between mainland China and Taiwan, leaving us to wonder what position it will take after Friday's inaugration. Will moves be made to instigate momentum towards restoring an...

17 Jan 2017 14:46

Why is it so hard for the IMF to accept criticism?

The IMF's Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) was set up in 2001; since then it has produced 26 thoughtful and substantial reports on a wide range of IMF activities. Now the head of the IEO has co-authored a book with the key recommendation that the IMF should use the IEO evaluations to enhance its...

17 Jan 2017 12:28

Cambodian backflip bolsters China on the Mekong

Prime Minister Hun Sen's decision to drop Cambodia’s long-standing opposition to the Don Sahong dam in Laos did not come as a complete surprise. After all, the project will benefit China - the dam will be built by Sino-Hydro corporation and will advance China's interests on the Lower Mekong - and...

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...