Analysis


  • World Leaders Stranded by Trump Travel Bans

    World Leaders Stranded by Trump Travel Bans

    On Saturday night, US courts commenced the work of ensuring that President Trump’s extraordinary exercise of executive power is kept in check. Given the developments during the first week of the Trump administration, US courts and fellow heads...

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  • Saving the Euro While Rebooting Italian Economy

    Saving the Euro While Rebooting Italian Economy

    Under the guidance of Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, Italy has arguably been the only government battling against Germany for the recalibration of the Eurozone towards growth and shared prosperity. Many Italians blame the European Unions’s...

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  • Risky Business: The Price of Thai Rice

    Risky Business: The Price of Thai Rice

    Agricultural production in Thailand is the bedrock of both economic and rural development strategies. The ascension of Maha Vajiralongkorn as Phra Rama X will not alter the deep current of agroindustrial development nurtured by Rama IX. But what...

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  • Why a China-US Trade War Is Unlikely

    Why a China-US Trade War Is Unlikely

    You would hardly know it from the paltry coverage in mainstream Australian media, but China’s President Xi Jinping moved himself into pole position on the world stage last week with an uncompromising speech supporting globalisation, free trade...

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  • Indonesia’s Inconvenient Truths

    Indonesia’s Inconvenient Truths

    Concerns regarding Australian military teaching materials and remarks uncovered late last year have placed strain on relations with Indonesia. The strange affair of our on-again-off-again defence cooperation arrangements with Indonesia continues...

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  • Realising Australia’s Foreign Policy Potential

    Realising Australia’s Foreign Policy Potential

    The Australian government is in the process of developing its first foreign policy white paper since 2003, intended to guide Australian policymakers over the next decade. As with any policy proposal, the drafters must assess Australia's...

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  • India’s Republic Day: Modi at Midterm

    India’s Republic Day: Modi at Midterm

    On this day in 1950, the Indian constitution came into effect creating the world's largest democracy. In 2017 there will be legislative elections in five of the mega-democracy's most populous states and Narendra Modi's enigmatic leadership will...

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  • EU-Australia FTA Talks: Services Essential

    EU-Australia FTA Talks: Services Essential

    In coming months, the European Union and Australia will launch negotiations for a so-called 'deep and comprehensive free trade agreement'. While much of the attention goes to the possibly contentious issues related to agricultural trade, the...

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  • The Challenge of Humanitarian Diplomacy

    The Challenge of Humanitarian Diplomacy

    Humanitarian diplomacy is beginning to emerge as a more prominent element of states’ foreign policies, including Australia's. It holds great promise but its practice can create tensions between humanitarianism and national interest. This...

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  • Fighting against Chemical Warfare

    Fighting against Chemical Warfare

    Chemical weapons have been universally condemned as unconscionable: they target combatants and civilians indiscriminately, leave lasting impressions in the theatres of engagement and psychologically terrorise their potential victims. While their...

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