Australian Outlook


  • The Trump Effect and Australia

    The Trump Effect and Australia

    Every change of administration in Washington produces a reset in American foreign policy. Depending on whether the new president is from the same or the opposing party, the reset tends to be modest or substantial. Yet the election of Donald...

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  • John Key’s Foreign Policy Legacy

    John Key’s Foreign Policy Legacy

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key surprised everyone when he resigned this week. He has been consistently popular over the last eight years and has seen the country through the Global Financial Crisis, the Christchurch earthquakes and a...

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  • Beyond Baggies and Bogans in Bali

    Beyond Baggies and Bogans in Bali

    Last month's strange incident involving Jamie Murphy and a bag of white powder in Kuta was the latest in a steady stream of Australians getting into trouble in Bali over the last 15 years. However, in that time a huge number of...

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  • The US-Mexico Borderlands

    The US-Mexico Borderlands

    Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico was a hallmark of the recent election campaign. What lies at the root of this proposal? And what would the impact of such a structure be on those that live in the...

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  • Turkey: The Gulen Dilemma

    Turkey: The Gulen Dilemma

    The life of Fethullah Gulen, the charismatic Turkish spiritual Islamic cleric in exile in the United States, is considerably more troubled following the election of Donald Trump and his choice of Michael Flynn for national security advisor. If...

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  • Buying Time for Reconciliation in Afghanistan

    Buying Time for Reconciliation in Afghanistan

    The principal outcome of October’s donors’ conference on Afghanistan has been assessed as buying time for a political solution. Looking ahead, close observers forecast the likely solution for the country will be a reconciliation between the...

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  • Reading Room: Abe’s Remarkable Restoration

    Reading Room: Abe’s Remarkable Restoration

    In December 2012, Shinzō Abe achieved perhaps the most remarkable comeback of post-war Japanese politics by becoming the Japanese prime minister for a second time. Not since Shigeru Yoshida in 1948 has a Japanese politician managed such a feat....

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  • China and ASEAN: Torchbearers for Free Trade

    China and ASEAN: Torchbearers for Free Trade

    Politicians, entrepreneurs and public intellectuals from Southeast Asia and beyond were brought together last month by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute for the 8th World Chinese Economic Summit in Malacca, Malaysia. The World...

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  • Will Trump Continue the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    Will Trump Continue the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    The election of Trump will undoubtedly affect the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. There are several views about what Trump will do with this agreement. Will he tear it up? Will he seek to renegotiate or increase pressure on Iran? Is he...

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  • Slavery and Elections in Uzbekistan

    Slavery and Elections in Uzbekistan

    This year the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery comes on the eve of presidential elections in Uzbekistan, which continues to have one of the world's highest rates of forced labour. After 25 years of iron-fisted rule by the late...

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