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Gareth Evans, foreign minister in the Hawke government, brought an ambitious vision for Australia’s international diplomacy to cabinet. AAP

Cabinet papers 1990: the new world order that fizzled

There is little of Gareth Evans’ sweeping analysis in the cabinet papers of 1990-91 of a rapidly changing world order or of his vision of good international citizenship.
Agyness Deyn as Chris Guthrie Metrodome

What Sunset Song tells us about the modern world

Lewis Grassic Gibbon's tale of rural Scottish change between the world wars is anything but narrowly focused. It speaks to our universal sense of injustice and fairness.
Displaced residents from the Yazidi sect, fleeing ISIS forces in Sinjar, August 11 2014. Rodi Said/REUTERS

NATO should invade ISIS-held territory

Recent talks in Vienna may help end the Syrian civil war, but diplomacy will not eliminate ISIS.
It’s not looking good. Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani

Is the Iraqi army a lost cause?

Assembled at the cost of billions of dollars, Iraq's army has never amounted to much – and it's not the first foreign-built military to fail so spectacularly.
Very few of the millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have made it to European countries in the hope of resettlement. Reuters

Who are we responsible for in the age of mass migration?

Solving the refugee crisis depends on the extent to which the people of the world – in the Gulf, Europe, Australia or anywhere else – are willing to live up to their moral responsibilities.

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