The TPP: Target or Triumph?This week the trade community exulted as the long anticipated, and contentious, Trans-Pacific Partnership was concluded in Atlanta. There will be benefits for agriculture, but Alan Oxley argues that the real gains for Australia will come from trade in services. Free trade agreements are ready targets for criticism. A recent contention is that... More >
by Alan Oxley
The Warrior President: Putin’s New FollyVladimir Putin’s bombing campaign in Syria is a direct consequence of his failure in Ukraine. It is too early to assess whether Russia’s airstrikes will save the Assad regime, but they have given a new lease of life to the band of commentators whose fulminations pass for political discussion on Russian television. With the winding... More >
by Dr Robert Horvath
China-US Cyber Agreements: Slovakia’s Secret for AustraliaThe United States has been focusing much of its cyber diplomacy around criticism of China’s espionage. Australia has been echoing similar messages, though more in private, at a respectful distance and without the same sense of moral outrage. Last month, President Xi Jinping of China brilliantly out-manoeuvered both countries by agreeing with... More >
by Professor Greg Austin
India’s Demands Grind Nepal to a StandstillNepal promulgated its federal Constitution on September 20, defying India’s diplomatic efforts. Since then, India has stepped up its threats for amendments to suit its interests, resulting in an ongoing unofficial economic blockade against Nepal. The blockade imposed by India has crippled the Nepalese economy, cutting out basic life supporting... More >
by Rohit Karki
Energy Security: the Answer Lies in the SeaEnergy insecurity stems from two things: the instability or unaffordability of energy price and geo-strategic or geo-political instability, or threats to the supply of energy imports. Fluctuations in price tend to result either from political instability in key energy producing markets (i.e. the Middle East) or else from booming global demand... More >
by Dr Lavina Lee
Presidents, the Pope and Putin: a Heady Mix at the 70th UNGAThe UN General Assembly’s annual meeting last month saw frosty and brief exchanges between the Russian and US Presidents, movement on the Sustainable Development goals and encouraging talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran. But Vladimir Putin sucked the oxygen out of the meeting, with his announcement about increased... More >
by Anna Willis
Mustafa Hamid and Leah Farrall brush aside the inconsistencies that illustrate the myth of jihad in order...
On the basis of experience and ability, Paul Hasluck should have been one of Australia’s greatest foreign...
Since the United Kingdom joined the European Communities in 1973, successive prime ministers have sought...