The BRICS Development Bank: More Geopolitics Than Economics
by Ramesh Thakur
While the major deliverable from the sixth BRICS Summit was economic, its significance is primarily geopolitical. The Sixth BRICS (Brazil,...Read More
The Carbon Tax Repeal: Trading Off Australia’s Future?Australia’s recent repeal of the carbon tax has drawn strong international criticism. Late last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott made good one of his key election promises to scrap the carbon tax after the Government was successful its third attempt to repeal the tax in the Senate. The repeal passed with a final vote of 39 to 32. During... More >
by Eva Brockschmidt
Issues BriefAustralia reacted quickly following the surface-to-air missile attack that destroyed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur last Thursday, killing all 285 passengers and crew, including 28 Australians and a large number of HIV experts headed for a conference in Melbourne. Prime Minister Tony Abbott swiftly took charge,... More >
by Colin Chapman
Where Does the Australian Government Stand on Mining Transparency?Coming up to three years since the Australian Government committed to undertaking a pilot of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), civil society groups forming part of the Publish What You Pay Australia coalition are eagerly waiting to hear if the Government will properly implement it in order to enhance the transparency of... More >
by Claire Spoors
The Winners of the Afghan Presidential Run-Off Election: The Taliban?The recent run-off Presidential election has the potential to further divide Afghan politics along ethnic lines, exacerbating current tensions and bringing the Taliban back into the reckoning. Background On 7 July, the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced the preliminary results of the 14 June presidential run-off election.... More >
by Lindsay Hughes
B20: An Opportunity in 2014Collaboration on infrastructure investment, removing trade barriers, allocation of human capital and major financial reform are worthy goals for this year’s G20, writes B20 Sherpa Robert Milliner. The challenge put to G20 leaders following 2013’s Saint Petersburg Summit was to take decisive action to return the global economy to... More >
by Robert Milliner
As C. Raja Mohan observes in the preface to this book, India has had many ‘atomic avatars’:...
Malcolm Fraser’s book Dangerous Allies is the latest round in a debate that can be traced back at...
In recent years, Japan appears to have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Despite Prime Minister...