Australian Outlook


  • Trump’s US has Abdicated Global Leadership

    Trump’s US has Abdicated Global Leadership

    Former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Gareth Evans says the US forfeited its role as world leader earlier this month. Against the background of ongoing nuclear risk and the threat of climate change, what comes next? Chancellor of the...

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  • #GuptaLeaks: South Africa Opens New Investigation Into State Graft

    #GuptaLeaks: South Africa Opens New Investigation Into State Graft

    This week South Africa's public protector announced there would be a new investigation into the #GuptaLeaks allegations of corruption at the highest levels of government. It's a symptom of South Africa’s broader problems. South Africa’s own...

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  • The Roots of the Qatar-Saudi Arabia Dispute

    The Roots of the Qatar-Saudi Arabia Dispute

    Saudi Arabia and several neighbours have imposed heavy economic sanctions on Qatar over its alleged support for extremist groups. Even if a short-term solution is found to the dispute, it is unlikely to address the longer-term issues being...

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  • The Strange Life and Death of the UK Independence Party

    The Strange Life and Death of the UK Independence Party

    With UKIP’s purpose achieved in securing Britain’s exit from the EU, voters have abandoned the party. Yet concerns about migration, free trade and cultural change will keep right-wing populism alive. The UK Independence Party vote collapsed...

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  • Britain Heading for Political Mayhem

    Britain Heading for Political Mayhem

    Prime minister Theresa May has lost her gamble in calling a general election. She was seeking to enhance her authority in upcoming Brexit negotiations with a stronger mandate but instead the Conservatives lost overall control of Parliament. Mrs...

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  • How to Save the Shangri-La Dialogue

    How to Save the Shangri-La Dialogue

    It was a sign of the Shangri-La Dialogue's declining relevance when China sent a low-level delegation and India no delegation at all to this year’s talkfest. To ensure its future standing, this important meeting needs to shift its focus to...

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  • The Good News Behind EU Migration

    The Good News Behind EU Migration

    In 2016 alone, European Union member states granted protection to more than 700,000 asylum seekers. Rather than characterising it as a crisis, the achievement could instead be seen as a success story. As refugees continue to pour into Europe,...

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  • Strategies for Middle Powers

    Strategies for Middle Powers

    Familiar great and rising powers have the most influence in shaping the international order. With careful strategy and by playing to their strengths, however, middle powers such as Australia can also prompt positive outcomes at the upcoming G20...

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  • Comey Versus Putin

    Comey Versus Putin

    Before the US Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey accused Russia of interfering in the US presidential election. Almost simultaneously, Vladimir Putin was denying any such wrongdoing. Whom to believe? Last week saw...

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  • Reading Room: Current Issues in Transitional Justice

    Reading Room: Current Issues in Transitional Justice

    Judging by the plethora of recent books and academic articles, the field of transitional justice scholarship is booming. A gradual broadening of the field also seems to be underway with scholars identifying an ever-widening range of processes...

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