As the world’s two superpowers jostle for supremacy, and much of the world reverts to protectionism, middle powers have an opportunity to pursue new pathways to freer trade. Australia is uniquely positioned to lead in this area and would do the world a service by doing so.
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The deadly weekend attacks by Hamas against mainly young people at a musical festival in Israel reveals a new and challenging shift in how terrorist organisations are approaching their political goals. Hybrid forms of warfare are not new, but their characteristics are likely to trouble state responses.
Foreign policy has yet to feature significantly in New Zealand’s elections despite its obvious implications for national security and development. Internationally, observers are looking for the elections will mean for policy towards AUKUS, the Ukraine War, and crucially climate change.
The people of Rempang and Galang Island, Batam City (Kepri Province) Indonesia, have been living in an atmosphere of anxiety for the last few months. The development of new island economic areas for which the government seems increasingly willing to ignore the people in its search for investments has created trouble for the new investors.
Regulatory sandboxes can be greatly beneficial for governments worldwide in developing flexible, evidence-based rules for artificial intelligence (AI) and promoting innovation. Unfortunately, several weaknesses of the European Union’s proposed AI sandbox could undermine its long-term potential to help the continent remain globally competitive in a rapidly changing international AI landscape.