Once Again, Australians Are Fighting in the Middle East. Why?
by Dr Minerva Nasser-Eddine
Over the next few weeks, the Australian Government is expected to announce an expanded air war against Islamic State in Syria, following a US...Read More
Can Australia Learn From Canada?A highly developed economy is readying itself for an upcoming tight election, an economic slowdown with talk of a recession growing louder, nervousness over a declining dollar, and concern over the impact of freer global markets on key economic and political constituencies. It is mineral rich, and increasingly focused on developing its... More >
by Innes Willox
It’s the End of the World As We Know It…AgainThis week’s sharemarket Black Monday saw history repeat. It suggests that asset-price bubbles are a feature of the system and demonstrates the difficulty of stable growth. On “Black Monday” October 19, 1987, the US stock market crashed, losing over 500 points and 22% of its value in a single day. At around the same time,... More >
by Wesley Widmaier
Against ISIS’ Destruction of Heritage, and for Curators as the Cure of SoulsBarely a week after ISIS beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian expert who devoted his life to the study of Palmyra, the group is reported to have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old temple dedicated to Baalshamin, Semitic god of rain and fecundity. The reason seems clear: it is part of a plan by ISIS to get rid... More >
by Jose Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona
The National Tea House: Symbol of Tajikistan’s FollyCorruption, poverty, cronyism and chronic food shortages are some of the major issues facing Tajikistan on its road to development. Despite this, President Emomalii Rahmon has embarked on a lavish building boom in Dushanbe in recent years, with one notable standout, the ostentatious National Tea House. Tajikistan is a country that few... More >
by Simon Henderson
Moving to the Far Right in HungaryChallenged by the growing popularity of the country’s far-right party, Jobbik, the Hungarian government is radicalising its agenda in order to win back disgruntled voters. April 12th 2015 was an unneventful day in most countries; certainly not for Hungary. In local elections held in the town of Tapolca, the candidate for the Movement for a... More >
by Arthur de Liedekerke
I thought the famous incident of HMS Amethyst in the Chinese Civil War had been exhaustively covered but...
Reviewing an edited book is a unique challenge as it involves critiquing the work not of one scholar but...
The author is a former American diplomat who has written a useful technical book on his guild. Written at...