Australian Outlook


  • Why Australia Needs To Be Straight-Talking With Netanyahu

    Why Australia Needs To Be Straight-Talking With Netanyahu

    This week’s visit by Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signifies a shift in Israeli foreign policy. It provides an opportunity to enhance bilateral relations and for Canberra to clarify its position on the two-state solution...

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  • Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq

    Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq

    The battle by US-backed Iraqi forces to take Mosul back from Islamic State reached a critical point this week. With government forces making significant advances amid the destruction, attention is already beginning to turn to 'The Day After'—the...

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  • Trump’s Wall Stirs Mexican Nationalism

    Trump’s Wall Stirs Mexican Nationalism

    Recent demonstrations in Mexico against US President Trump are indicative of both anti-US sentiment and dissatisfaction with the government of Mexican President Peña Nieto. Peña Nieto’s response is seen by many as weak and may open the door to a...

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  • Post-Brexit UK Trade: Reinventing the Wheel?

    Post-Brexit UK Trade: Reinventing the Wheel?

    With Brexit moving through the British parliament, the UK government needs to consider how it will approach trade agreements once it leaves the European Union. Without the negotiating weight of the EU, it may be difficult to maintain standards...

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  • Dancing with the Bear: Trump and Russia

    Dancing with the Bear: Trump and Russia

    Trump's campaign and presidency have been dogged by allegations of Russian collusion; the departure of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is one such treasonous scandal. If genuine alignment is possible, what would Russo-American...

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  • Australia’s Misstep on Nuclear Weapons Treaty

    Australia’s Misstep on Nuclear Weapons Treaty

    Australia will not attend next month's United Nations summit to negotiate a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons. This is a missed opportunity and wrong turn for Australian foreign policy. The election of Donald Trump has introduced...

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  • Is Cyber Terrorism a Threat?

    Is Cyber Terrorism a Threat?

    Recent cyberattacks and hacks in America and Ukraine have exposed the vulnerability of some of the world’s most sophisticated cyber-security networks. But what do we know about cyber-terrorism, and how real is the threat to Australia? The...

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  • Deafening Silence on Myanmar’s Rohingya

    Deafening Silence on Myanmar’s Rohingya

    The UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has been visiting Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh this week, gathering more evidence of recent unprecedented violence against the Muslim minority. However, ahead of Lee's report to the UN...

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  • Reading Room: China in the Era of Xi Jinping

    Reading Room: China in the Era of Xi Jinping

    November 2012 witnessed China’s second orderly succession of power, with Xi Jinping taking control of both the Chinese Communist Party and the armed forces from Hu Jintao. With a robust mandate for reform, Xi has quickly emerged as the strongest...

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  • Contestability Theory: Radicalising the Free Market

    Contestability Theory: Radicalising the Free Market

    From the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and a growing number of bilateral agreements, international trade deals are dominating diplomatic talks in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Many of these heavily...

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