Analysis


  • Implications of the Indonesian Presidential Elections

    Implications of the Indonesian Presidential Elections

    It is important Indonesia remains engaged in both regional and international affairs. It is uncertain what approach will be taken under a new administration.  After a decade of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) presidency, Indonesia’s elections...

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  • EU Enlargement: A Substantial Success

    EU Enlargement: A Substantial Success

    The enlargement of the European Union in 2004 marked the end of the artificial division of Europe by the Cold War. It also had a lasting economic and political impact, both internally and internationally. 2014 is an important year for...

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  • New Colombo Plan: Students on the Move

    New Colombo Plan: Students on the Move

    Launched in December last year, the Government’s $100m New Colombo Plan (NCP) initiative is already making strong progress against its main aim of getting more Australian undergraduates studying in the region. More than 300 students from 24...

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  • Why East Asia Alienates Intellectuals

    Why East Asia Alienates Intellectuals

    Asia is a place whose military tensions are built on economic success. From an intellectual point of view, it has been a sterile environment compared to other parts of the world. East Asia is arguably the most important part of the world. It...

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  • South Africa – Likely ANC Win but Challenges Ahead

    The 2014 South African elections will deliver a win for the ruling African National Congress party. However, internal party divisions and economic woes will be among the challenges ahead. There is no doubt the African National Congress (ANC)...

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  • Indonesia’s Legislative Elections: The Importance of Money and Personalities

    Indonesia’s Legislative Elections: The Importance of Money and Personalities

    The April parliamentary elections in Indonesia have attracted surprisingly little Australian media coverage, having been over-shadowed by the up-coming presidential elections in July. They are significant for what they reveal about the direction...

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  • India’s Foreign Policy after the Elections

    India’s Foreign Policy after the Elections

    While foreign policy has not figured among the key issues in the Indian elections, a new government will have to manage India's sometimes difficult relations with the United States, China, Pakistan and India’s South Asian neighbours. Depending...

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  • Mixing with the MIKTAs

    Mixing with the MIKTAs

    This week Australia participated in the second meeting of MIKTA, an informal grouping of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia. MIKTA emerged as a new vehicle for cooperation on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN General...

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  • Ukraine and Nukes

    Ukraine and Nukes

    Rumours of the death of the nuclear disarmament cause from Ukraine is much exaggerated. Ukraine could still have been invaded and its history leading up to this point would have been more volatile.   Some Ukrainian, Western and even Indian...

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  • The Great Indian Election

    The Great Indian Election

    Democracy was deemed unlikely for India as the country’s grinding poverty and the diversity of its ethnic, religious, caste and linguistic identities were thought to be insurmountable obstacles. Yet nearly seven decades later, flanked by...

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