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  • Donald Is No Ronald

    Donald Is No Ronald

    Donald Trump, who accepts the Republican presidential nomination this week, shares many uncanny similarities with Ronald Reagan. However, as the 2016 GOP Convention has vividly shown, conservative credentials and a united party aren’t among them.  It is dangerous to make too much of historical parallels. At first glance, however, the... More >
  • The Ottoman Caper

    The Ottoman Caper

    Turkey’s military coup of 15 July was foiled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters. However, the aftermath is anything but forgiving. The president has declared war on Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who he accuses of being behind the coup, and is punishing his supporters in their thousands as well as demanding... More >
  • My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

    My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

    Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him for United Nations Secretary-General. The former Labor leader’s nomination is fraught with difficulties as those already in the race, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, former UN climate chief Christina Figueres and several candidates from Eastern... More >
  • Tension Returns to Japanese Politics

    Tension Returns to Japanese Politics

    Commentary in the wake of Japan’s upper house election on 10 July has leapt to conclusions concerning the implications of Abe’s success in this poll. Across the board, the claims need to be tempered with sober probability: constitutional revision will remain devilishly tough to pull off; different groups mean different things when they talk of... More >
  • Lobbying is Key to Australia-US Relations

    Lobbying is Key to Australia-US Relations

    Diplomatic lobbying is an under-studied phenomenon and its impact on US foreign relations is rarely examined. Since 1987, diplomats in the Congressional Liaison Office, part of Australia’s embassy in Washington, have been lobbying the US Congress and getting impressive results.  During the 2000s it was commonplace to hear about the close... More >


Reading Room

Child Security in Asia: The impact of armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar

As Hillary Clinton graces the news daily during the presidential campaign, I am reminded of the words she...

Iran at the Crossroads

Professor Amin Saikal’s most recent book, Iran at the Crossroads, is a concise, informative and...

The Growing Power of Japan

Hugh Cortazzi’s book has received glowing reviews including from Sir David Warren for the Japan...