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  • China Moves Towards Ecological Civilisation
    Analysis

    China Moves Towards Ecological Civilisation

    China’s old dominant discourse was one that prioritised the economy over the environment. Under President Xi Jinping this has shifted to a discourse centred on the concept of an “ecological civilisation”. This means new policy and diplomatic opportunities for China, and a brighter future for the Chinese environment.  China is... More >
  • Uruguay’s Victory Over Big Tobacco
    Analysis

    Uruguay’s Victory Over Big Tobacco

    Uruguay’s tough tobacco packaging-control measures were vindicated last month when a tribunal at the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes dismissed claims brought by Philip Morris.  It followed defeats for Big Tobacco related to similar legislation in Australia and the UK; but the Uruguay decision... More >
  • Nuclear Weapons Could, and Should, Disappear
    Analysis

    Nuclear Weapons Could, and Should, Disappear

    Delegations from around the world have been meeting in Geneva to discuss the elimination of nuclear weapons once and for all. A majority of states have declared that they want this to happen and for the process to begin in 2017. In this context, and at this point in time, we need to be reminded... More >
  • When Nauru Almost Moved to Queensland
    Analysis

    When Nauru Almost Moved to Queensland

    Nauru is best known to most Australians as the remote Pacific island where asylum seekers who arrive by boat are sent. What is less well known is that in the 1960s, the Australian government planned to relocate the entire population of Nauru to an island off the Queensland coast. The irony of this is striking,... More >
  • Reflections on the Rio Olympics
    Fresh Perspectives

    Reflections on the Rio Olympics

    The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games are finished and now the time to reflect upon the city’s performance as host has arrived. The global media turned their attention to Rio for the games and what people saw were great athletic achievements and, in some cases, the use of performance enhancing drugs. Additionally, in Rio’s case, people... More >

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Reading Room

Reading Room: Russia’s Far East

When most of us think of Russia we think of Moscow, St Petersburg, Crimea and the like;  few think of...

Thai Politics: Between Democracy and its Discontents

After two coups, a decade of political strife and this week’s referendum vote in favour of further...

Eyewitness to Early Reform in Myanmar

Australia has a strong tradition of diplomatic memoirs. Many former ambassadors and other officials have...

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