Interviews


  • A Syrian Solution

    A Syrian Solution

    The Syrian government's latest chemical weapons attack on civilians is a reminder of the regime's brutal contribution to the Middle East's ongoing disorder. President Bashar al-Assad's decisions have been blamed for stoking the creation...

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  • The Estonian e-Governance Story

    The Estonian e-Governance Story

    The digital revolution is changing the way governments deliver services, listen to voters and develop policy. Estonia has been an e-governance leader since the early nineties and is now exporting its e-governance expertise worldwide. Taking...

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  • Phones, Facebook and Economic Empowerment

    Phones, Facebook and Economic Empowerment

    With the explosion of mobile phone ownership in developing countries, digital technologies have become central to development projects in the past decade. Local players are using digital platforms such as Facebook and Kenya's M-PESA to connect...

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  • Beefing with China

    Beefing with China

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was welcomed to Canberra last week with talk of beef and plates of chicken. The visit came just over a week after Julie Bishop's unusually direct remarks about China's international standing and once again highlighted...

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  • Egypt’s Counterintuitive Revolution

    Egypt’s Counterintuitive Revolution

    Egyptians are living with resurgent authoritarianism following the military's post-Arab Spring return to politics. It's the latest chapter in modern Egypt's ongoing struggle between Islamists—most notably the Muslim Brotherhood—and secular...

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  • More Sinned Against than Sinning: Russia and the West

    More Sinned Against than Sinning: Russia and the West

    For centuries Russia has faced threat of invasion from bygone European empires, encroachment from new Western alliances and accusations of hostile meddling. Today, Russia's resurrected global aspirations and its place in the Asia-Pacific mean it...

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  • Regional Diplomacy Vital to Secure Melanesian Arc

    Regional Diplomacy Vital to Secure Melanesian Arc

    The threat climate change poses to security is felt most acutely in the low-lying islands of the Melanesian Arc. Rising tides and erratic weather patterns are jeopardising the area's food supply and overall habitability. States in the region...

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  • Is the Clock Ticking Down to Nuclear Doomsday?

    Is the Clock Ticking Down to Nuclear Doomsday?

    Citing the rise of strident nationalism globally and President Trump's disturbing comments on nuclear proliferation, this year atomic scientists moved the Doomsday Clock forward to two and a half minutes to midnight. Not since the Cold War have...

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  • Australia’s Strategic Triage

    Australia’s Strategic Triage

    With tensions in the South China Sea rising, prioritising regional defence strategy goals is more important than ever. Australia's approach must capitalise on the nation's strategic position in the Indo-Pacific Arc—an important buffer zone...

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  • Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq

    Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq

    The battle by US-backed Iraqi forces to take Mosul back from Islamic State reached a critical point this week. With government forces making significant advances amid the destruction, attention is already beginning to turn to 'The Day After'—the...

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