Category Archives: International Affairs

PAUL WALDMAN. Trump’s effort to isolate us from the world is going great.

In 2013, before travelling to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, Donald Trump asked plaintively on Twitter whether Vladimir Putin would be attending, and “if so, will he become my new best friend?” Putin never showed, and President Trump is … Continue reading

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YANIS VAROUFAKIS. The Italian crisis was the left’s final warning: it must adopt a new, credible EU policy agenda.

It’s time to explain how the bloc, and the euro, could be run differently, democratically and sustainably.

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NORMAN BAILEY. The Russian Gordian Knot begins to unravel.

Winston Churchill famously described the Soviet Union as “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Many commentators and politicians say Vladimir Putin’s Russia is every bit as mysterious and enigmatic as its predecessor. An astonishing recent declaration by … Continue reading

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STEPHEN F COHEN. The Necessity of a Trump-Putin Summit.

Ten ways the new US-Russian Cold War is increasingly becoming more dangerous than the one we survived.

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TIM COLEBATCH. Underestimating China.

Let’s clear up any confusion about the size of the Chinese economy.

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MIKE YEO. France is deploying forces to the Indo-Pacific for more than just a drill.

MELBOURNE, Australia ― France will be deploying a detachment of combat aircraft to the Indo-Pacific region for a major air exercise in Australia and for additional interactions with Asian air forces, as France seeks to increase its presence in the … Continue reading

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JOHCHKA FISCHER. ‘The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order’

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer talks about the danger of war against Iran, the deterioration of trans-Atlantic relations under U.S. President Donald Trump and the serious need for Germany to invest massively in … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KEATING. What country seeks to go to war with its banker? (Repost from 30/1/2018)

This article supports Hugh White’s conclusion that the US is unlikely to succeed in fighting China for primacy in Asia. The US has been living beyond its means for a long time, and has depended on foreign finance, and especially … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Joined at the hip to a dangerous ally that is almost always at war. A Repost

We are a nation in denial that we are ‘joined at the hip’ to a dangerous ally. Apart from brief isolationist periods, the US has been almost perpetually at war; wars that we have often foolishly been drawn into. The … Continue reading

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ABBAS NASIR. In Pakistan, the art of undermining democracy. What is Imran Khan about?

The country’s military is disempowering politicians who stray from its positions on security policy and choking the press for reporting about its critics.  

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RAMESH THAKUR. Did John Bolton try to sink the Trump-Kim summit?

Had former U.S. President Barack Obama “done a Trump” with North Korea — agreed to a summit with Kim Jong Un without requiring denuclearization first, secretly sent his secretary of state to Pyongyang, described Kim as “honorable.” canceled joint military … Continue reading

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DAVID EDWARDS. The Syrian Observatory – funded by the Foreign Office.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, journalist Peter Hitchens commented last month on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR): ‘Talking of war, and Syria, many of you may have noticed frequent references in the media to a body called the … Continue reading

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ADAM NI. Despite strong words, the US has few options left to reverse China’s gains in the South China Sea.

At a top regional security forum on Saturday, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said China’s recent militarisation efforts in the disputed South China Sea were intended to intimidate and coerce regional countries.

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VIRAJ SOLANKI. India boosts relations with Myanmar, where Chinese influence is growing.

India has a deepening bilateral security relationship with Myanmar, and is taking steps to help address the crisis in Rakhine State. But Chinese influence in Myanmar is growing – and meaningful cooperation between Beiijing and New Delhi remains unlikely.

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BIJAY KUMAR MINJ. Modi’s four years ‘have weakened India’s tolerance’.

India Inclusive event hears that attacks against minorities have increased since the BJP came to power

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MICHAEL PASCOE. The Australian government’s hypocritical stance on PNG corruption.

It’s illegal for Australian entities to bribe foreign entities, but apparently we’re perfectly happy to take dirty money from bribed foreigners and consort with corrupt leaders. Malaysia’s prime-minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim, called us out on Friday, expressing a view that Australia … Continue reading

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GLEN S. FUKUSHIMA. Is Trump stringing Abe along?

Japan has been reeling ever since 8 March when US President Donald Trump met with South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and announced, to the world’s surprise, that he would accept the offer to meet with North Korean leader … Continue reading

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SHANNON TEOH. After two weeks, Malaysia’s King consents to PM Mahathir’s choice of Attorney-General (The Straits Times, 5 June 2018)

Sultan Muhammad V has agreed to the Mahathir Mohamad administration’s choice of Attorney-General (A-G), despite widespread concerns in Malaysia that the candidate is not from the Malay Muslim majority. In an unexpected concession in the early hours of Tuesday (June … Continue reading

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HAROLD JAMES. Madmen in Authority in Italy.

With concerns about Italy’s public debt growing, Italian populists have taken a page from US President Donald Trump’s playbook and threatened to blow up the eurozone if they don’t get their way. The European Union must resist the temptation to … Continue reading

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RICHARD BUTLER. Domestic fixation/ Foreign Salvation?  

Plainly Trump is fixated upon the domestic political scandals in which he is mired. The idea that he can find salvation through an achievement on the international stage is dubious. Whatever happens at the Summit with Kim Jong Un will … Continue reading

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TONY WALKER. Australia needs to reset the relationship with China and stay cool.

Let’s call it the “China syndrome”. This describes a condition that is a bit compulsive and not always rational. Australia’s response to China’s continuing rise mixes anxiety, even a touch of paranoia, with anticipation of the riches that derive from … Continue reading

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M.K. BHADRAKUMAR. Russia censures Iran, expects Israel to help restore ties with US.

The annual meeting of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum – dubbed as “Russia’s Davos” – on May 25, which traditionally promotes foreign investment in the Russian economy, ended this time around as a major political event signaling a renewed bid … Continue reading

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NAHAL TOOSI. Surreal Trump-Kim summit defies diplomatic playbook

How do you plan a high-stakes meeting between a freewheeling American president and a paranoid Asian dictator?  The world is about to find out.  As President Donald Trump prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, officials from … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Continuing corporate failures.

There is a growing and unfortunate litany of corporate failure in Australia – and not just the banks and wage theft on a large scale. One continuing failure has been an unwillingness by our corporate sector to equip itself for … Continue reading

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ABHISHEK MOHANTY. India-Vietnam defense ties in spotlight with joint naval exercise

On May 21, within the framework of perpetual deployment of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet to Southeast Asia and the Northwest Pacific region, three Indian naval ships en route to Guam and Hawaii for the multilateral Malabar and RIMPAC naval exercises  made … Continue reading

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KAVEH L AFRASIABI. Hidden Message To UN On Iran.

In a remarkable and somewhat unprecedented rebuke of the US administration, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that India will not respect unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran and will recognize “only the UN sanctions.” Bound to raise tensions with … Continue reading

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CLAIRE JONES. Italy crisis poses dilemma for Draghi over ECB’s next step.

Central bank hawks want to keep plan to end QE but market jitters could force rethink.

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JOHN MENADUE. Four waves of economic and strategic relationships – UK, US, Japan and China – similarities and differences.            

Waves of foreign investment and trade have been essential features of Australian development since 1788. The waves began with the UK, then the US, then Japan and now China. In each of these waves the Australian government has consistently managed … Continue reading

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ED PILKINGTON. Trump’s ‘cruel’ measures pushing US inequality to dangerous level, UN warns.

Scorching report on poverty finds ‘systematic attack on welfare program’ will leave millions deprived of food and healthcare. 

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GEORGE EATON. Italy’s new hard-right government is the biggest threat the EU has faced.

The country’s most right-wing government since Mussolini is determined to test the euro’s limits.

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