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Kevin gets canned

All politics is local. It’s a cliché but one that never goes out of style. Malcolm Turnbull’s unwillingness to endorse Kevin Rudd for the world’s top diplomatic post, the secretary-general of the United…
Apart from the many, densely packed strangers readily available for slaughter, there was the added symbolism of the day itself. EPA/Olivier Aringo

The Nice attack and the corrosive effects of anxiety

With the Nice attack and other terrorist events continuing to occur, the freedoms built on trust and confidence may not be sustainable.
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South China Sea: China waives the rules

China has no legal basis for its territorial claims in the South China Sea. The ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, an arm of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea…

Chilcot’s lessons for Australia

So now we know. Saddam Hussein didn’t present an imminent threat. He could have been contained. He didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction. And the consequences of the invasion were profoundly underestimated…
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WA-xit: history beckons

People all over the world are overthrowing oppressive and unrepresentative bureaucracies. Old orders are collapsing and new ones are bursting forth to take their place in an unstoppable surge of people…

Brexit: act in haste…

Sometimes cliches and hyperbole are inescapable. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union really is momentous; it really will reshape Europe’s political landscape; things really will never be quite…
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Brexit: lessons and implications for Australia

Discussion of foreign policy remains conspicuous by its absence in Australia’s remarkably dull and insular election campaign. One might have thought given the turbulence in international affairs that the…

China and the US: when worlds collide

There is so much going on in the world these days it’s sometimes possible to focus on the ephemeral and the inconsequential rather than the long-term structural changes that are likely to shape the international…