Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)
by James Chin
The passing of Lee Kuan Yew, widely expected since the Lunar New Year in early February, marks the end of an era in Southeast Asia. What will...Read More
Corporations, Sovereignty and Trade AgreementsWith excitement building up about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s former Trade Minister Craig Emerson discusses Investor State Dispute Settlement. The right of a corporation to sue another country’s government is known as Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). Its origins were the protection of corporate assets, such as copper... More >
by Craig Emerson, Australia’s former Trade Minister
Malcolm Fraser and the American AllianceMuch of the commentary on Malcolm Fraser portrays him as the politician who moved most dramatically from the right to the left of the political spectrum. The man denounced by the left for his role in the dismissal of the Whitlam Government by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in November 1975 became in his later... More >
by Peter Edwards FAIIA
Australia and the Asian Infrastructure Investment BankWith Australia’s decision to join the AIIB expected to be announced shortly, it is clear that China’s lobbying and use of ‘soft power’ has trumped traditional US/western alliances. Australia has less than a week before the March deadline to follow the surprising announcements by other US allies – Britain, Germany, France, Italy and recently South... More >
by Ashley Rogge
Libya MattersContaining Libya is not possible. It is not a functioning, self-interested policy-driven state which has a decision-making structure eligible for traditional analysis and influence. Libya remains in a deeply dangerous predicament. Its only way forward is political dialogue aimed at a cessation of armed hostilities, reconciliation and a... More >
by Philip Eliason
The Country that Lee Kuan Yew BuiltMiles Kupa, former Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, reminisces on how Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore. More so perhaps than any other country, Singapore is a built environment, in the broadest sense of the term. Constructed under the firm tutelage of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away earlier this week, the country’s... More >
by Miles Kupa
In his keynote address to world leaders at the G20 Summit in Brisbane last November, Australia’s...
How did we end up with a world divided, in political terms, into 200 sovereign states? This is a major...
In analysing foreign policy, the great forces of national power and politics can dominate explanations...