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Wednesday 18 Jan 2017 | 12:47 | SYDNEY
  • 18 Jan 2017 11:32

    Terrorist recruiters target disenchanted refugee children who see no hope for their future and who would like to escape from camps.

  • 18 Jan 2017 08:50

    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 emails to WikiLeaks. Post-election, this seemingly minor trigger has escalated into a major US crisis at the highest levels of US governance.

  • 17 Jan 2017 17:05

    It is in the interest of both Chinas to prove that previous arrangements cannot be undermined by any third party.

Long reads
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.

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...

17 Jan 2017 9:17

Obama's legacy: Leaving Northeast Asia on a high point

As US President Barack Obama leaves office, he bequeaths his successor a solid framework in northeast Asia, and decent relationships with its players, barring, of course, the extreme outlier of North Korea. The following is a general overview of his measured success: Regional context: The Pivot...

16 Jan 2017 17:02

Beware of provocation in the South China Sea

American Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has provoked controversy with statements about possible actions by the United States in the South China Sea. In testimony at a confirmation hearing he suggested the US might deny China access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea. This...