Australian Outlook


  • India-China: A Game of “Go” in the Indian Ocean

    India-China: A Game of “Go” in the Indian Ocean

    The economic and strategic interests of India and China are converging in the Indian Ocean. For India, the nation's desire for greater power requires a region of the world in which it is predominant; for China, its continuing economic...

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  • Foreign Policy White Paper: Drafting a Legacy

    Foreign Policy White Paper: Drafting a Legacy

    The foreign policy white paper announced last week by Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop is an opportunity for the government to shape a legacy by articulating the contemporary Coalition view of Australia’s place in the world. The first...

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  • Praise for the ASEAN Way

    Praise for the ASEAN Way

    ASEAN has had a rough time of late. It has faced criticism over its approach to China in the South China Sea and may potentially encounter difficulties with the next US president. However, its economic achievements have been remarkable and it...

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  • China Moves Towards Ecological Civilisation

    China Moves Towards Ecological Civilisation

    China’s old dominant discourse was one that prioritised the economy over the environment. Under President Xi Jinping this has shifted to a discourse centred on the concept of an "ecological civilisation". This means new policy and diplomatic...

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  • Uruguay’s Victory Over Big Tobacco

    Uruguay’s Victory Over Big Tobacco

    Uruguay's tough tobacco packaging-control measures were vindicated last month when a tribunal at the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes dismissed claims brought by Philip Morris.  It followed defeats for...

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  • Reading Room: The Mandibles

    Reading Room: The Mandibles

    Fiction can provide a window into current anxieties and possible futures. This chronicle of the trials of a fictional US family achieves both. Ostensibly tracing the course of the Mandible family from 2029, Lionel Shriver's latest...

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  • Nuclear Weapons Could and Should Disappear

    Nuclear Weapons Could and Should Disappear

    Last week delegations from around the world met in Geneva to discuss the elimination of nuclear weapons once and for all. A majority of states have declared that they want this to happen and for the process to begin in 2017. In this context, and...

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  • When Nauru Almost Moved to Queensland

    When Nauru Almost Moved to Queensland

    Nauru is best known to most Australians as the remote Pacific island where asylum seekers who arrive by boat are sent. What is less well known is that in the 1960s, the Australian government planned to relocate the entire population of Nauru to...

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  • Reflections on the Rio Olympics

    Reflections on the Rio Olympics

    The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games are finished and now the time to reflect upon the city's performance. As well as great athletic achievements and controversy over the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Rio will be remembered for significant...

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  • World Humanitarian Day: Some Things to Consider

    World Humanitarian Day: Some Things to Consider

    As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August let us reflect that while international respect for humanitarian principles have regressed in recent years, the impetus and momentum created by the UN's World Humanitarian Summit offers an...

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