• Real solutions to the harsh reality of child labour

    Victoria Tichá     |      November 14, 2020

    Mitigating economic risks in local communities is critical to addressing the financial uncertainty and extreme poverty which push children into child labour around the world.

  • International round-up

    Alexandra Pascoe     |      November 12, 2020

    Trump’s defeat may have dominated the headlines over the last seven days, but several other stories – including China’s attempts to bully Australia through import restrictions and a series of brutal Islamic terror attacks in Europe – are worthy of careful review.

  • Who wins the US election matters to Australia, but not as much as we think

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 6, 2020

    A Biden win would reverse the tendency for the US to treat allies as adversaries—or free riders (except when they are)—but a Biden presidency would also be consumed by a focus on rebuilding and healing a divided America.

  • The last winter of the Weimar Republic

    Open Forum     |      October 31, 2020

    “The gravediggers” is eloquent testimony to the collapse of Weimar Germany and what became inevitable when those charged with the custody of the German state failed to stand up to Adolf Hitler.

  • International roundup

    Hal Crichton-Standish     |      October 29, 2020

    Tracy Beattie, Hal Crichton-Standish, Daria Impiombato, Alexandra Pascoe and Albert Zhang offer this weeks round-up of threats, developments and crisis around the world.

  • Tackling gender inequality early in Asia and the Pacific

    Cathy Vaughan     |      October 23, 2020

    A major study across 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific reveals the stark gender inequalities faced by adolescents, providing a roadmap for effective action.

  • What’s next for Jacinda Ardern?

    Jennifer Lees-Marshment     |      October 21, 2020

    New Zealanders want leadership that shows care and concern but also takes action and accomplishing this amid a global health and economic crisis is not going to be easy.

  • Reviewing the global threat spectrum

    Alexandra Pascoe     |      October 16, 2020

    While the headlines remain dominated by the problems caused by coronavirus and the turmoil of the American election, a range of other threats and tensions shouldn’t be forgotten.

  • China’s debt-trap diplomacy threatens PNG

    Jeffrey Wall     |      September 10, 2020

    The rapidly deteriorating state of Papua New Guinea’s economy is increasing the danger of China applying economic pressure to extract political concessions.

  • The storm before the calm

    Colin Chapman     |      September 3, 2020

    Many Americans think their country is in bad shape but George Friedman’s close examination of American history indicates that the country is in the midst of an expected period of transition rather than a state of decline.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Western crisis – The need for realpolitik enlightenment

    Mark Nicol     |      September 2, 2020

    Faced with the rise of China and other geo-political threats, the declining power and confidence of the Western democracies, can only be reversed if cold hard realities are confronted.

  • A big bang on Lebanon’s 100th anniversary

    Oula Ghannoum     |      August 29, 2020

    The explosion that destroyed the Port of Beirut on the 4th of August shattered the hearts of every Lebanese resident and expatriate. Oula Ghannoum offers a touching homage to her troubled, but still beautiful, homeland.