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Thursday 27 Apr 2017 | 03:43 | SYDNEY
  • 26 Apr 2017 17:31

    After eight years, negotiations for PACER Plus have concluded with Fiji and PNG dropping out of the trade agreement.  Voters in the French Pacific have flouted mainland voting trends, with turnout at a record low.  The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has published 'Crowded and Complex: The Changing Geopolitics of the South Pacific', a report by ANU's Joanne Wallis.  The suspected double murder of a Chinese couple in the Solomon Islands over the Easter weekend has shocked the community, wh

  • 26 Apr 2017 16:25

    China's carrier program is symbolic of the power shift in the Asia Pacific. Short of an economic or political crisis in China, this shift probably can't be stopped; it can only be managed.

  • 26 Apr 2017 14:25

    It's not often in politics that a window of opportunity opens as wide as the one Theresa May is looking into right now.

Long reads
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 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...

24 Apr 2017 12:04

Anzac Day: Remembering the soldiers on unexpected battlefields

My experience of Anzac Day probably mirrors that of a lot of Australians: some initial connection with returned diggers, then a role in their commemoration. As a very young tacker I would occasionally be taken into the city to see an uncle (a World War II veteran) march. The crowds were, to a...

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...