Interviews


  • What Russia Wants

    What Russia Wants

    Russia wants to be recognised as a great power. But in the face of criticism over its actions in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere, Moscow asserts that its legitimate strategic interests are being ignored and the nature of its foreign policy is...

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  • China’s Evolving Strategy Towards South Korea and Japan

    China’s Evolving Strategy Towards South Korea and Japan

    China's emergence as a great power is increasingly being felt by its neighbours. What will be the impact on regional security as Beijing begins to shape the world it wants? South Korea and, to a lesser extent, Japan are beginning to find...

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  • Civic Tech and the White House IT Guy

    Civic Tech and the White House IT Guy

    The Obama administration pushed the use of digital technologies and data transparency to improve governance. Early indications are that the Trump administration's approach will be very different. The growing civic tech sector takes advantage...

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  • This Week in South Korea: Polls, Live Fire and Sanctions

    This Week in South Korea: Polls, Live Fire and Sanctions

    South Korea heads to the polls to elect a new president next week. If the opposition wins, as forecast, it is likely to mean a major change in relations with North Korea. What will this mean for South Koreans and for regional relations at this...

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  • Foreign Policy in Unpredictable Times

    Foreign Policy in Unpredictable Times

    The international order is experiencing more significant instability than at any time since World War II. Along with the rise of China, policymakers face immense transnational challenges, including climate change, growing economic inequality and...

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  • A Syrian Solution

    A Syrian Solution

    The Syrian government's latest chemical weapons attack on civilians is a reminder of the regime's brutal contribution to the Middle East's ongoing disorder. President Bashar al-Assad's decisions have been blamed for stoking the creation...

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  • The Estonian e-Governance Story

    The Estonian e-Governance Story

    The digital revolution is changing the way governments deliver services, listen to voters and develop policy. Estonia has been an e-governance leader since the early nineties and is now exporting its e-governance expertise worldwide. Taking...

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  • Phones, Facebook and Economic Empowerment

    Phones, Facebook and Economic Empowerment

    With the explosion of mobile phone ownership in developing countries, digital technologies have become central to development projects in the past decade. Local players are using digital platforms such as Facebook and Kenya's M-PESA to connect...

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  • Beefing with China

    Beefing with China

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was welcomed to Canberra last week with talk of beef and plates of chicken. The visit came just over a week after Julie Bishop's unusually direct remarks about China's international standing and once again highlighted...

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  • Egypt’s Counterintuitive Revolution

    Egypt’s Counterintuitive Revolution

    Egyptians are living with resurgent authoritarianism following the military's post-Arab Spring return to politics. It's the latest chapter in modern Egypt's ongoing struggle between Islamists—most notably the Muslim Brotherhood—and secular...

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