Philip Ruddock attracted the ire of human rights activists for his actions as a minister in the Howard government.
As Australia’s special envoy for human rights, Philip Ruddock will have the chance to change the world instead of listening to other people make suggestions about how it might be done.
The need for a solution to e-waste disposal is more urgent than ever.
Melbourne Airport’s 24-hour operation gives it a special advantage over Sydney.
New aircraft and growing business and tourist links are helping Melbourne outpace Sydney in attracting Asian visitors.
China and Japan don’t get on. This is a problem for them and for the rest of the world given their economic and strategic importance. It hasn’t always been this way, though. Japan once acknowledged China’s…
Football’s Asian Cup dominated Korean-language news coverage of Australia over the past year.
Australia struggles to rise above the fray in Korean news, consigned to one of a number of countries that form an international community. But football seems to be a clear exception to this.
If this detonation was a hydrogen bomb test, then it was likely less successful than the North Korean leadership may have hoped.
North Korea remains committed to perfecting a deployable nuclear weapon capability. It is confident in the understanding that there appears little the international community can do to prevent it.
Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull’s predecessor as prime minister, enjoyed a close relationship with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
Australia looks set to continue to confront its core foreign policy dilemma: balancing relations between its largest trading partner, China, and its key security partners, the US and Japan.
Jokowi: scourge of corruption?
A dynamic new president promised Indonesians sweeping reform of a rotten system. Instead, all they've gotten are baby steps.
Both the Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine broadly agree that peace can be achieved in Rakhine State.
We recently undertook extensive fieldwork in Myanmar to find out what could help resolve the underlying issues that drive the conflict between the Muslim Rohingya and the majority Buddhist Rakhine.
Big news for Myanmar.
Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy does not necessarily mean free speech is a given.
Opposition NLD members hit the campaign trail as they visit villages on the outskirts of Phyu ahead of Myanmar’s election.
Myanmar is holding elections, but like the many other authoritarian regimes that do so, it isn't for democratic reasons and regime change remains highly unlikely.
The US-led TPP and Obama’s ‘Asia pivot’ will face certain challenges against Xi Jinping’s ambitions of a new order established through the Chinese-led AIIB.
The US and China may have competing ambitions for the Asia-Pacific in the shape of the TPP and AIIB, but they may not be as incompatible as we have first believed.
China didn’t get a seat at the TPP table (even in Beijing).
Some say the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was designed specifically to exclude or even encircle China. So do its leaders mind being on the outs?
North Korea’s Donju have acquired a degree of wealth such that they can invest in larger enterprises.
The rise of a class of nouveau riche North Koreans is changing the dynamics of the nation's economy and reshaping the relationship between the Kim government and the North Korean people.
China’s not happy. Normally that sort of phrase is pretty meaningless. Clearly not everyone in China has the same view on anything – with the possible exception of its territorial claims in the South China…
The scene in Balakot, 2005.
Ten years ago, a devastating earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in Pakistan. How has the devastated town of Balakot recovered?
So strong is public opposition to his miltarist policies that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, having ignored the popular will, faces questions about democratic representation.
AAP Image/Newzulu/Munesuke Yamamoto
Shinzo Abe’s government (now in its second term) has consistently been vocal about Japan's national defence.
Through reinterpreting the constitution and bidding to build Australia’s submarines, Shinzo Abe is leading Japan towards a more assertive strategic posture.
If construction of its submarines in Australia proceeds, it will be Japan’s first postwar export of a major combat weapons system.
Tens of thousands protest in Malaysia, including members of the country’s indigenous Orang Asli community.
Two million Malaysian immigrants live in countries around the world. That's not stopping them from being involved with politics back home.
Members of the National Reform Council pose for photographs after voting to reject a draft constitution – a decision that will put elections on hold until 2017.
The rejection of the draft constitution is not necessarily a setback for Thailand's military junta. It may even have been a ploy to extend its rule well past the promised date for elections.