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September 24, 2018

Asia
How Will Australia’s Repeated Leadership ‘Spills’ Impact Its Foreign Policy?

Last month, an internal party ballot within the ruling Liberal Party ousted former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. He was replaced by Scott Morrison, who had previously served as Australia’s treasur…

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September 13, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Ambassador Martin Indyk to Join CFR as Distinguished Fellow

September 13, 2018—Former diplomat and Middle East expert Martin Indyk will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) this month as a distinguished fellow and director of executive education, based…

August 29, 2018

Australia
Australia’s New Brutal Politics—Not New, and Not That Brutal

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney and a presenter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.  As Australia welcomes Scott Morrison a…

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July 9, 2018

Asia
Beyond “Mateship”: Tough Choices in Australian Foreign Policy

By James Curran In recent weeks, the Australian government has invested significant commemorative capital to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in World…

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June 15, 2018

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

April 26, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Press Freedom Varies Considerably Across Africa

The RWB index provides a useful tool for comparing media freedom around the continent. It also provides yet another example of the diversity of the African continent. With respect to media freedom, Ghana and South Africa are far removed from Sudan and Eritrea. 

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April 25, 2018

Southeast Asia
ASEAN Centrality in Managing a Geopolitical Jigsaw Puzzle

The tug-of-war between China and the United States, Australia, Japan, and India will define the geopolitical landscape of Asia and threatens to divide ASEAN.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations flag leads the flags of the ten-member countries during the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in 2008. Reuters/Romeo Gacad

March 15, 2018

Brazil
Trump Creates a Trade Opening for Brazil

Brazil, one of the world’s most closed economies, would benefit from trade. Brazil can attain a higher GDP and become globally competitive through trade and opening up its economy. Given Trump and the U.S. protectionist pullback, opening to the world could, for once in Brazil, be politically popular in this election year.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri (L) and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer exchange documents after a meeting to discuss closer trade cooperation at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil February 7, 2017.

March 14, 2018

China
The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of pressing domestic and international policy issues as it transitions to a new generation of leaders.

Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

January 24, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Assessing the 2018 Women's March

Over 200 demonstrations around the world were held to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC.

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