Fresh Perspectives


  • Can MIKTA Help South Korea Against China’s THAAD Boycotts?

    Can MIKTA Help South Korea Against China’s THAAD Boycotts?

    Beijing has recently criticised South Korea for its implementation of the THAAD missile defence system. Can MIKTA, a grouping of regional middle powers, use its leverage to defend a member of its own coalition against the political pressures of...

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  • The Italian Diaspora and Migrants’ Rights

    The Italian Diaspora and Migrants’ Rights

    Italy’s historically generous citizenship rights are complicating its attempts to deal with an influx of migrants. With more citizens than ever before living abroad, how does Italy balance the rights afforded by blood and those afforded by...

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  • Laser Weapons: Surgical Precision or Cutting-Edge Liability?

    Laser Weapons: Surgical Precision or Cutting-Edge Liability?

    Laser weapons are beginning to be seriously considered in US defence forces planning. After a slow start, they may soon begin appearing as part of conventional platforms—from ships to B-52s. But there remain some logistical challenges, and the...

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  • Looking at Foreign Policy Through a Gender Lens

    Looking at Foreign Policy Through a Gender Lens

    It is just over a year since the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade adopted a 'Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment' strategy. However, international comparisons show there is still plenty of room to increase the gender focus as part of...

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  • Can China use RCEP to Capitalise on Trump?

    Can China use RCEP to Capitalise on Trump?

    Trade Minister Steven Ciobo’s recent visit to China confirmed the end of efforts to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The question is whether China can now capitalise on US protectionism by pushing through the multilateral Regional...

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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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  • Where There’s Smoke, There’s Atomic Fire

    Where There’s Smoke, There’s Atomic Fire

    Last weekend's North Korean missile test came after a series of nuclear weapons-related actions and announcements by the new US administration. What comes next could shape the strategic climate for years to come.  On Wednesday last week the...

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  • Why Some Regimes Are More Authoritarian Than Others

    Why Some Regimes Are More Authoritarian Than Others

    Malaysia and Singapore are lauded as successful examples of newly independent states that should be emulated by Third World countries. At the same time they are derided as authoritarian regimes that deny their citizens fundamental liberties....

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  • The Perils of Replacing Mugabe

    The Perils of Replacing Mugabe

    While President Robert Mugabe is on annual leave in China, Zimbabwe’s acting president has changed twice. In a one-party state that has seen the same leader for 30 years, this temporary see-sawing is an annual pattern that is part of the...

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  • ASEAN Fragmented on Rohingya Crisis

    ASEAN Fragmented on Rohingya Crisis

    Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations met in Yangon late last year to discuss Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis. The meeting came after a series of NGO reports and a statement from the United Nations Human Rights Council...

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