Once Again, Australians Are Fighting in the Middle East. Why?
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Australian Outlook

Once Again, Australians Are Fighting in the Middle East. Why?

Over the next few weeks, the Australian Government is expected to announce an expanded air war against Islamic State in Syria, following a US...

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  • Can Australia Learn From Canada?
    Analysis

    Can Australia Learn From Canada?

    A highly developed economy is readying itself for an upcoming tight election, an economic slowdown with talk of a recession growing louder, nervousness over a declining dollar, and concern over the impact of freer global markets on key economic and political constituencies. It is mineral rich, and increasingly focused on developing its... More >
  • It’s the End of the World As We Know It…Again
    Analysis

    It’s the End of the World As We Know It…Again

    This week’s sharemarket Black Monday saw history repeat. It suggests that asset-price bubbles are a feature of the system and demonstrates the difficulty of stable growth. On “Black Monday” October 19, 1987, the US stock market crashed, losing over 500 points and 22% of its value in a single day. At around the same time,... More >
  • Against ISIS’ Destruction of Heritage, and for Curators as the Cure of Souls
    Analysis

    Against ISIS’ Destruction of Heritage, and for Curators as the Cure of Souls

    Barely a week after ISIS beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian expert who devoted his life to the study of Palmyra, the group is reported to have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old temple dedicated to Baalshamin, Semitic god of rain and fecundity. The reason seems clear: it is part of a plan by ISIS to get rid... More >
  • The National Tea House: Symbol of Tajikistan’s Folly
    Issues Brief

    The National Tea House: Symbol of Tajikistan’s Folly

    Corruption, poverty, cronyism and chronic food shortages are some of the major issues facing Tajikistan on its road to development. Despite this, President Emomalii Rahmon has embarked on a lavish building boom in Dushanbe in recent years, with one notable standout, the ostentatious National Tea House. Tajikistan is a country that few... More >
  • Moving to the Far Right in Hungary
    Fresh Perspectives

    Moving to the Far Right in Hungary

    Challenged by the growing popularity of the country’s far-right party, Jobbik, the Hungarian government is radicalising its agenda in order to win back disgruntled voters. April 12th 2015 was an unneventful day in most countries; certainly not for Hungary. In local elections held in the town of Tapolca, the candidate for the Movement for a... More >

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Reading Room

Yangtze Showdown: China and the Ordeal of HMS Amethyst

I thought the famous incident of HMS Amethyst in the Chinese Civil War had been exhaustively covered but...

Australia’s Defence: Towards A New Era?

Reviewing an edited book is a unique challenge as it involves critiquing the work not of one scholar but...

American Ambassadors, The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Diplomats

The author is a former American diplomat who has written a useful technical book on his guild. Written at...

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