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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson head to a meeting in Moscow. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Syria is a mess, but the solution is complicated too

What vastly complicates Western policy in Syria is how to sanction Assad on one hand and deal with Islamic State on the other, without the country unravelling completely.
The over-riding priority underpinning North Korean foreign policy is regime survival and the perpetuation of the Kim family dynasty. Reuters/KCNA

Attacking North Korea: surely Donald Trump couldn’t be that foolish

Regardless of how the US sending an aircraft carrier group to the Korean Peninsula plays out, the international community will ultimately have to accept and learn to manage a nuclear North Korea.
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Australia and India: some way to go yet

Malcolm Turnbull is in the middle of his inaugural visit to India. He appears to have developed a good rapport with India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. This is a vital development if Australia is to…
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Learning to live with a nuclear North Korea?

North Korea has been on a long march to acquire a usable nuclear weapon. Since 2011, when Kim Jong-un replaced his father at the head of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the pace of that march…
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wears a Swans scarf at the AFL with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. AAP/Dean Lewins

Li Keqiang’s visit a good sign for the China-Australia relationship

Li’s visit has not answered the central conundrum of Australian foreign and security policy, but it has provided an opportunity to get the measure of Chinese thinking at a senior level.
Five people are dead – including the perpetrator – following a terror attack in London. EPA/Andy Rain

Terror in London: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck attack in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of “lone-wolf” attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS…
In a painting such as Warriors of New South Wales, 1813, we can easily imagine a group of men ready to take to the football field. Australian War Memorial

Did Indigenous warriors influence the development of Australian rules football?

Between the 1830s and the 1850s, hundreds of Indigenous warriors and dozens of British settlers were killed across south-east Australia. Echoes of that conflict recur in Aussie rules.
Peter Green joins the millions of Christmas Island red crabs in their migration. Greg Miles

Speaking with: Peter Green on saving the Christmas Island red crab

Matt Smith speaks with La Trobe University's Peter Green about the Christmas Island red crab's battle with the recently introduced yellow crazy ant and how a parasitical wasp could be the key to its survival.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has recalled all Australian diplomats to review Australia’s foreign policy settings next month. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Foreign policy white paper should reflect the uncertainty of our times

The US alliance will remain the cornerstone of Australian security, but regional partnerships will become more important and exploitable - sentimental ties aside.
A fruit cart depicting a ‘picanniny’ child: such figures were popular at a time when Aboriginal children were being removed from their families. Author provided

Friday essay: the politics of Aboriginal kitsch

What are we to make of 'Aboriginalia': bric-a-brac, tiles, ornaments and artworks - once hugely popular - depicting caricatures of Indigenous people? What if they are collected now in a knowing, ironic way?
Uncertainty about Trump’s capacity to respond rationally to unexpected crises makes the coming year a dangerous one for America and the world. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

United States

The breakdown of established liberal democratic norms has become the theme of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States. For this reason America and the White House are likely to be…

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