Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

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Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

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...

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  • Corporations, Sovereignty and Trade Agreements

    Corporations, Sovereignty and Trade Agreements

    With 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 >
  • Malcolm Fraser and the American Alliance

    Malcolm Fraser and the American Alliance

    Much 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 >
  • Australia and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    Issues Brief

    Australia and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    With 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 >
  • Libya Matters

    Libya Matters

    Containing 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 >
  • The Country that Lee Kuan Yew Built

    The Country that Lee Kuan Yew Built

    Miles 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 >


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