Australian Outlook


  • Trump and the Rise of Authoritarian Populism

    Trump and the Rise of Authoritarian Populism

    The election of Donald Trump reflects a crisis of the US state, with the erosion of the legitimacy of political elites, representative institutions and the globalist orientation that has long dominated US politics. This crisis may have...

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  • Trump’s Macroeconomic Gamble

    Trump’s Macroeconomic Gamble

    During his election campaign, Donald Trump simultaneously promised a major reduction in federal taxes for businesses and a trillion-dollar increase in public infrastructure spending. This contradictory double may lead to widening income...

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  • Tough Choices for Australia and Japan

    Tough Choices for Australia and Japan

    No two countries have more at stake in the management of the US-China relationship than Australia and Japan. China is both Australia’s and Japan’s largest trading partner and both countries are crucial allies of the United States in managing...

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  • ASEAN Fragmented on Rohingya Crisis

    ASEAN Fragmented on Rohingya Crisis

    Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations met in Yangon late last year to discuss Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis. The meeting came after a series of reports from NGOs, including one from the United Nations Human Rights...

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  • Australia’s New Consular Diplomacy

    Australia’s New Consular Diplomacy

    Globalising forces have stimulated a rapid expansion in overseas travel by Australians. As a result, Australia’s diplomats have struggled with a burgeoning consular workload. This has led to pressures on the consular service, ranging from...

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  • Dealing with China and the US: Four Strategies for 2017

    Dealing with China and the US: Four Strategies for 2017

    Australia and New Zealand have a vital interest in the relationship that the new Trump Administration will have with Beijing. Both countries, along with many other nations in the Asia-Pacific, will not wish to be drawn into any disputes between...

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  • Jihadist Threat in 2017

    Jihadist Threat in 2017

    In the first week of the new year, ISIS's online magazine Rumiyah’s fifth issue again instructed Western supporters to attack at home. In the same week, ISIS claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Baghdad, and car bombers...

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  • Five Political Leaders to Watch in 2017

    Five Political Leaders to Watch in 2017

    The world is in fluid political times and the opportunity for emerging figures to make their mark is considerable. Here are five political leaders from around the world who are emerging as significant talents and possible contenders for...

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  • Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity

    Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity

    Global discussion on nuclear weapons has evolved from debating their role in military and security strategy to understanding the humanitarian consequences of their use. The International Committee of the Red Cross welcomes this shift in focus,...

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  • Grillo’s Unlikely Push against Euroscepticism

    Grillo’s Unlikely Push against Euroscepticism

    With an unexpected and ultimately unsuccessful initiative on 8 January, the founder and charismatic leader of Italy’s 5-Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, launched a primary vote on his eponymous blog to decide on the 5SM group’s membership in the...

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