Australian Outlook


  • Donald Is No Ronald

    Donald Is No Ronald

    Donald Trump, who accepts the Republican presidential nomination this week, shares many uncanny similarities with Ronald Reagan. However, as the 2016 GOP Convention has vividly shown, conservative credentials and a united party aren't among...

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  • The Ottoman Caper

    The Ottoman Caper

    Turkey's military coup of 15 July was foiled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's supporters. However, the aftermath is anything but forgiving. The president has declared war on Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who he accuses of being behind the...

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  • My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

    My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

    Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him for United Nations Secretary-General. The former Labor leader's nomination is fraught with difficulties as those already in the race, including former New Zealand Prime Minister...

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  • Tension Returns to Japanese Politics

    Tension Returns to Japanese Politics

    Commentary in the wake of Japan’s upper house election on 10 July has leapt to conclusions concerning the implications of Abe’s success in this poll. Across the board, the claims need to be tempered with sober probability: constitutional...

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  • Lobbying is Key to Australia-US Relations

    Lobbying is Key to Australia-US Relations

    Diplomatic lobbying is an under-studied phenomenon and its impact on US foreign relations is rarely examined. Since 1987, diplomats in the Congressional Liaison Office, part of Australia's embassy in Washington, have been lobbying the US...

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  • Taiwan’s South China Sea Dilemma

    Taiwan’s South China Sea Dilemma

    Taiwan's complex history continues to complicate its claims over the South China Sea. Last week's tribunal decision comes at the right time for newly inaugurated President Tsai to rethink Taiwan's policy while carefully calibrating its...

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  • Philippines’ Muted Jubilation on Tribunal Ruling

    Philippines’ Muted Jubilation on Tribunal Ruling

    On 12 July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague rejected China’s claims of having historic title or rights over the South China Sea. The landmark case was initiated by the Philippines in 2013 when it asked the international tribunal...

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  • Child Security in Asia: The impact of armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar

    Child Security in Asia: The impact of armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar

    As Hillary Clinton graces the news daily during the presidential campaign, I am reminded of the words she wrote in 1973 that children’s rights are a ‘slogan in search of a definition’. At the time she was still Hillary Rodham and Bill, serving...

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  • Renewed Fighting in South Sudan

    Renewed Fighting in South Sudan

    Violence has broken out again this month in South Sudan. Here's what you need to know. Since South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, the world has had high hopes for peace and stability in the new nation. These hopes were dashed...

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  • Attack in Nice Begs the Question: Why France?

    Attack in Nice Begs the Question: Why France?

    A terrible tragedy occurred on the night of 14 July in Nice when Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a 19-tonne truck through hundreds of people gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks. The attack raises a serious question: why France?  If...

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