This week in Australian foreign affairs: attribution of malicious cyber activity to Russia, DFAT officials speak with their Chinese counterparts about the Pacific, and the 13th meeting of the India-Australia Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism.
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Filter in Australian Outlook
The Australian government recently announced its intention to designate the entirety of Hamas as a terrorist organisation. Doing so all but precludes the possibility of constructive engagement to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crises in Gaza and reaching a meaningful political solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict.
A comprehensive and coherent package of investment aimed at “like-minded” partners is needed to rebuild prosperity and counter China’s growing economic leverage in the Indo-Pacific. While there are various existing frameworks, these are either narrowly aimed or underdeveloped, and require a bigger picture view of the regional security-economy architecture.
Book Review: Aid Imperium: United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia
Salvador Regilme seeks to understand how US foreign aid has impacted human rights in Southeast Asia during the post-Cold War period. In using “Imperium” to describe Washington’s relations with Southeast Asia, Regilme acknowledges the region’s agency to shape its interaction with the United States, while pointing to the inequality within this interaction.