The Commonwealth: A Relic of the Past or the Face of the Future?
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The Commonwealth: A Relic of the Past or the Face of the Future?

In recent years the performance of the Commonwealth, which brings together 53 nations and nearly a third of the world population, has been...

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  • Indonesian Democracy Takes Major Step Forward as Jokowi Declared Winner
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    Indonesian Democracy Takes Major Step Forward as Jokowi Declared Winner

    With the announcement that Joko Widodo has won the recent presidential election, Indonesiaʼs young democracy has taken a major step forward. Despite the prospect of some unrest, the election marks the first transfer of power between two directly-elected presidents and bodes well for the future. Background Indonesiaʼs democracy has taken a... More >
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    Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, has been accused of double standards with his arguments that further sanctions should be imposed on Russia because of its actions in Ukraine. The row stems from Cameron’s call to France to scrap the sale of two Mistral class warships to Russia. The Financial Times reports that the head of... More >
  • G20: An Ongoing Revolution
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    G20: An Ongoing Revolution

    Professor Andrew Cooper highlights the changing perceptions, positive progressions and past successes that add to the G20’s growing sense of legitimacy as it moves towards the Brisbane Summit. It is widely heldthat the G20 is in serious transition. Certainly the forum has shape-shifted from its high profile role as a “fellowship of... More >
  • The Carbon Tax Repeal: Trading Off Australia’s Future?
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    The Carbon Tax Repeal: Trading Off Australia’s Future?

    The recent repeal by Australia 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... More >
  • The BRICS Development Bank: More Geopolitics Than Economics
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    The BRICS Development Bank: More Geopolitics Than Economics

    While the major deliverable from the sixth BRICS Summit was economic, its significance is primarily geopolitical. The Sixth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa) Summit that took place in Brazil from 14-16 July made headlines for the announcement of the BRICS’ New Development Bank. It should be seen as a demonstration of how... More >

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Economic Relations between Australia and the European Union: Law and Policy

This important book seeks to unravel a commercial puzzle. The reality is that the European Union (EU) and...

India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: The Perennial Outlier

As C. Raja Mohan observes in the preface to this book, India has had many ‘atomic avatars’:...

Dangerous Allies

Malcolm Fraser’s book Dangerous Allies is the latest round in a debate that can be traced back at...

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