Politically and socially, Australia is fast expanding its engagement with India and her neighbours. Universities, in contrast, have wound back their commitment to South Asian studies.
The Australian government has dropped protections for language programs at a time when universities are announcing plans to end Asian languages courses. That’s a mistake in the Asian Century.
Hindi is the most widely spoken language of India and of the many people of Indian origin in Australia. The teaching of Hindi has been in decline at a time when the need for it has never been greater.
Australia can’t remake China into a completely different country. Instead, we need to see it as a challenge to be managed — not an enemy.
It’s all in the details: the wide-ranging powers hinge on the yet-to-be-defined ‘institutional autonomy’ of foreign partners that enter into agreements with Australian public universities.
Most of the world might hate Trump, but in some places, based largely on his policies, there is hope and even admiration.
To sustain geo-political relations with French-speaking Pacific nations in the future, we need to change the way French is taught to young Australians.
A survey shows 70% of South Africans feel immigrants pose a threat to the country.
After a week spent trampling the international order, Trump capped his performance by giving Vladimir Putin the benefit of the doubt.
Politics Podcast: Gareth Evans on being an Incorrigible Optimist.
Gareth Evans talks about his new book Incorrigible Optimist, in which he writes about his experiences in politics and the policymaking process.