This week in Australian foreign affairs: the Quad Leader’s Summit, Cormann’s selection as Secretary-General of the OECD, supporting PNG’s COVID-19 response, and more.
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In Myanmar, women have shown up in full force, taking to the streets and marching on the front lines – proudly displaying their femininity as a tool of protest. This reflects the nation’s gendered identity, where women are not just fighting for democracy, but their place in political life.
The US has become frustrated with the stalled Intra-Afghan peace negotiations. Whether the Taliban are committed to this agreement, and willing to seriously negotiate a political settlement involving Afghan-side demands, including specified electoral, constitutional, and judicial processes and human rights obligations, is unknown.
According to Bill Hayton, the modern Chinese state was constructed, or “invented,” at the end of the Qing Dynasty, based on Western ideas of nation, race, history, and territory. In The Invention of China, Hayton demonstrates that China is no more ancient, special, or authentic than most other states.