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  • Vietnam to pull the US back to Asia?

    Vietnam to pull the US back to Asia?

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s White House visit on 31 May has set an ambitious agenda for Vietnam-US relations. The meeting was in the spotlight due to the uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration’s policy toward the Asia...

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  • Is Xi the next Mao?

    Is Xi the next Mao?

    In 1989, all eyes were on China as students protested authoritarian rule at Tiananmen Square. For a moment the world was hopeful that China might democratise just as many of the Eastern Bloc nations had done with the Cold War near its end. But...

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  • The choice between sentiment and reality in US–Australia ties

    The choice between sentiment and reality in US–Australia ties

    Australia has retreated to sentimentalism in dealing with the shock of Donald Trump’s election. The other Asian US allies are wary of raising unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved with Trump in office. Japan, clearly hedging its bets,...

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  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Where does Africa fit?

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Where does Africa fit?

    Earlier this year, president Xi Jinping strode the world stage at Davos with his statement that 'We should commit ourselves to growing an open global economy… Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room.' On 14-15 May 2017,...

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  • The Significance of High Readiness Forces for NATO Credibility

    The Significance of High Readiness Forces for NATO Credibility

    The outcome of the meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels should be to accelerate investment in high readiness forces needed for collective defence and expedition operations. Ensuring the Alliance’s ability to conduct both types of missions at the...

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  • Can monetary policy solve China’s soaring leverage?

    Can monetary policy solve China’s soaring leverage?

    According to the Bank for International Settlements, although the overall non-financial leverage ratio remains reasonable, the proportion of non-financial corporate borrowing to GDP in China has surged from 99 per cent to 170 per cent since the...

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  • The Trump Visit to Saudi Arabia: Time for a Course Correction

    The Trump Visit to Saudi Arabia: Time for a Course Correction

    US President Donald Trump starts his first overseas trip with three key summits in Saudi Arabia beginning May 20, 2017. This includes a summit between the US and the leadership of the Kingdom, a subsequent US-GCC summit as well as the Arab...

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  • What it means for U.S. allies when Trump shares information with Russia

    What it means for U.S. allies when Trump shares information with Russia

    As reports circulate that Trump revealed classified information in a recent meeting with Sergei Lavrov, Stephanie Carvin details what those outside the U.S., especially within ‘Five Eyes’ allied states, need to know. United States President...

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  • What Macron means for the French Pacific

    What Macron means for the French Pacific

    French voters overwhelmingly chose the centrist Emmanuel Macron ahead of the far-right nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen in the runoff presidential election. For the three French Pacific territories of New Caledonia, French Polynesia and...

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  • Elections in Papua New Guinea’s Dysfunctional Democracy

    Elections in Papua New Guinea’s Dysfunctional Democracy

    2016 for Papua New Guinea (PNG) was both politically turbulent and economically stressful with government revenues and currency falling, but inflation and deficit rising. The nationwide election in June–July 2017 will be a major measure of the...

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