Category Archives: International Affairs

HENRY REYNOLDS. A HUNDRED YEARS OF MATESHIP.

The poster was launched by the Australian Embassy in Washington on July 4th, Independence Day. It attracted no attention at all locally which may have been a blessing. I only heard about it when reading the Australian edition of the … Continue reading

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GIDEON RACHMAN. Revenge on the US is sweet for Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president draws satisfaction from embarrassing America.

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KUNWAR KHULDUNE SHAHID. Khan is saying the right things, but can he really deliver?

The ex-cricketer has already triumphed over 22 years of adversity, but there will be more pain ahead as he tackles an ailing economy and security issues

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RAMESH THAKUR. Is the sun setting on the US imperium? (Repost from 15/5/2018)

China is on the march to a dominant military footprint while American policy lacks strategic intent.

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GARETH EVANS. How we should manage Donald Trump’s meltdown world (Repost from 22/6/2018)

The assumptions that have sustained and underpinned Australian security and economic policy for decades are in meltdown. The post-Second World War global order – an open, rules-based system underpinned by a robust network of security alliances, and by effective multilateral … Continue reading

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JOHN CARMODY. Current British Politics.

Political time seems absurdly compressed at present.  Everywhere.  It used to be that a week is a long time in politics: currently, in Britain, even a day seems long and bafflingly eventful.  Writing about those events – let alone actually … Continue reading

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ANTHONY PUN. The Battle for the South Pacific.

The Battle for the South Pacific is on! China is already in Australia’s backyard, the South Pacific, wooing and cultivating friends with soft power.  As part of China BRI initiative, Chinese investment with the South Pacific nations totalled US 1.78 billion … Continue reading

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DUNCAN MACLAREN. Scotland and a Very English Brexit: the looming constitutional crisis

A glance at the increasingly Monty Pythonesque British/English Brexit illustrates the intra-European constitutional crisis of just how difficult it is to leave a multinational partnership of 40 years’ vintage – and how disastrous it will be economically, socially and, since … Continue reading

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RICHARD BROINOWSKI. Defence Plan B.

Canberra’s foreign and defence bureaucracy is appalled by Donald Trump’s monstering of the Anglo allies and of NATO, his enthusiasm for Kim Jong-un and his appeasement of Vladimir Putin. Where to without the comfort of a great, powerful and reliable … Continue reading

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ELAINE PEARSON. Cambodia’s ‘dirty dozen’ have no place in Australia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s crackdown on dissent is in full swing ahead of national elections later this month. But who are the generals around Hun Sen who act like a praetorian guard protecting him and the ruling party, helping … Continue reading

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ROSS GARNAUT. The Future of Chinese Economic Growth.

At any level of development in any country, but especially from upper-middle incomes, growth momentum can be broken by adverse developments of several kinds. 

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VINCENT CHEOK. Understanding China and the Chinese – An Australian Perspective – Part 2.

America First is not necessarily Australia First. That is, leaving aside the biological or human tendencies to be ‘tribal’ or sectarian etc, in my opinion, the Australian perspective, mindset and psyche as to how China and the Chinese are viewed … Continue reading

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GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

A regular collection of links to writings and broadcasts covered in other media.

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ROSS BURNS. From Deraa to Deraa.

Syria’s seven-year conflict is favouring those who play the long game. 

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BOB CARR. How the Israeli Lobby operates.

The letter was in the bulging file marked ‘Premier’s Invites’. The invitation was to an annual dinner where a peace prize was presented to a person chosen by the Sydney Peace Foundation at Sydney University. This year they had decided … Continue reading

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MASSIMO FAGGIOLI. ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ rails against prosperity Gospel and its support for Trump.

The article is not shy about making the link between the prosperity gospel and the crisis of globalization — political, social and economic. 

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KIM WINGEREI. The Naked President.

I try to refrain writing about Trump, he gets much more attention than he deserves! But the problem with Trump is not Donald Trump. The problem is not the people that elected him, nor the media that supports him. It … Continue reading

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DENNIS ARGALL. In a changing world, who are we, where are our eyes and minds?

In what is perhaps a fantasy endeavour – to find Trump’s objectives in recent travel and assess outcomes – I suggest three. And in this essay, I look further into global and perceptual actions and needs… and the lack of … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un says “Me too”

I meant “wouldn’t” denuclearize.  

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CAVAN HOGUE. Putin, Trump. Morals and Australia

Trump has shown little political savvy and even less powers of analysis. However, it is hard to see the USA as having the moral high ground to justify the hysterical moral outrage generated by Trump’s incompetence when it has done … Continue reading

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PATRICK LAWRENCE. What’s going to happen when Assad wins the war in Syria? (Asian Times, 17.07.18)

Given the unexpected pace of events in recent weeks, the end of Syria’s seven-year agony appears to be very near. It is now all but certain that Bashar al-Assad’s government will win its long war against Sunni jihadists and their … Continue reading

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JAMES O’NEILL. Australian Government silent on OPCW Report

On 7th April 2018 an incident occurred in the Syrian city of Douma, 10 km North east of the capital Damascus. It was alleged, initially by the jihadi extremists occupying the city that a nerve gas attack had been carried … Continue reading

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RICHARD BUTLER. Trump/Putin : Finnish Rhapsody

In a most unusual Trump/Putin media conference in Helsinki it seemed that the notably absent participant was Robert Mueller.

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TONY KEVIN. Trump-Putin Summit 16 July: an assessment

This was a most unusual summit, preceded and followed by a torrent of mostly negative Western MSM comment on the theme that ‘Putin will win this, and Western interests will lose’.

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PEPE ESCOBAR. China’s silky charming of Arabia (Asian Times, 11.07.18)

President Xi Jinping has promised more than $23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states, as Beijing ramps up ties with the Middle East; this includes aid for Palestine; Beijing foresees importing a whopping $8 trillion from Arab states … Continue reading

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GEOFF RABY. Lessons from China’s 40 years of reform – a very personal reflection

 I am delighted to have been asked to open this conference [the China Economists’  Conference] which is occurring on the 40th Anniversary of the launching of China’s reforms and open-door policies, policies that have changed China and the world.

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KARL WILSON with Steve FitzGerald – Opening-up: The view from down under (China Daily 12/07/18)

Stephen FitzGerald (right) and former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam meet Chairman Mao Zedong on Nov 2, 1973, in Beijing. Australia’s first ambassador to the People’s Republic of China reflects on decades of transformation Editor’s note: This year marks the … Continue reading

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HANKYOREH EDITORIAL. President Moon’s vision for peace and prosperity after denuclearization

In a “Singapore Lecture” during the final day of his state visit to Singapore on July 13, President Moon Jae-in outlined his vision for an inter-Korean economic community and peace on the Korean Peninsula. It could be seen as his … Continue reading

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GAURAB SHUMSHER THAPA. China and Nepal reach across the Himalayan divide (Asia Times 6/7/2018)

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to China last month was closely watched by both domestic and international observers.  

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BOB CARR. Get-tough rhetoric has denied us any sway with Beijing (AFR, 10/07/18)

As foreign minister I recall an irritating flare-up in our relations with one of the Pacific states. There had been a “misunderstanding” at Sydney airport that upset the island state’s prime minister. The anger ran strong and the state contemplated a big anti-Australian … Continue reading

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