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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on tour by Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta in 2010. Adek Berry/Reuters

Goodbye Barack Obama, the first ‘Indonesian’ US president

Obama managed to build stronger rapport with many countries in Southeast Asia,but lacked foreign policy initiatives. China neatly plugged that gap.
Most serious foreign policy analysts hope Hillary Clinton wins the US presidential race. Reuters

Trump or Clinton: who will be the best for our region?

Despite growing concerns about possible declining American power and influence, the US still dominates the region upon which Australia has increasingly come to depend.
Regardless of which party controls Congress, presidents must negotiate their agenda on an almost one-by-one basis with each member of Congress. EPA/Michael Reynolds

It’s not all about the president: why November’s congressional elections matter too

A Democratic president can negotiate much easier with a Democratic majority in Congress than with a Republican majority. But being in the majority does not mean having the votes to implement anything.
Asia is home to the world’s largest known stateless group, the Rohingya. Reuters/Rafiquar Rahman

How the Asia-Pacific can lead the way on migrants and refugees

Unless managed more effectively, forced migration will have permanent and intensifying negative impacts on countries across the globe.

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