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Simplistic views of Indonesian Islam are limiting Australian diplomacy

25 July 2017

A recent survey asked Australians to select words that best represent Indonesia. By far the most popular word was ‘religious’ (68 per cent), which subsequent focus group discussions revealed mainly...

 Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army. Concerns have been raised about collaboration between Australian research institutes and Chinese defence interests. Photograph: Reuters

CSIRO cooperation with Chinese defence contractor should raise questions

7 June 2017

In April 2017 a joint centre for advanced science and technology research was launched at the University of Technology, Sydney. The partner and funder is the China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC...

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun salutes as he leaves the monument of King Rama I after signing a new constitution in Bangkok, Thailand April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

Thailand’s constitutional dispossession

7 June 2017

On 6 April 2017, Thailand’s 20th constitution came into force, replacing a temporary constitution that was handed down in the wake of the country’s most recent coup almost three years earlier. The...

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A professor detained for his thoughts

7 June 2017

Article originally written by Yukti Mukdawijitra. Note: On 29 April, a university professor was arrested as part of a sweep of six individuals accused of committing lèse majesté by posting to...

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Querying Martial Law in Mindanao

1 June 2017

Even by Philippine standards, the past week has been a tumultuous one. Militants linked to Islamic State fought security forces in the Islamic City of Marawi, President Duterte cut short a state...

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China's brazen diplomatic stunt

4 May 2017

Shouting down a host country’s Indigenous welcome to country ceremony is diplomacy gone mad. While this may not be the most detailed analytical description of what transpired in Perth on 1 May...

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Indonesia 1965: the attempted coup and the rise of Suharto

2 May 2017

Early on the morning of 1 October 1965, seven detachments of troops drove through the quiet streets of Jakarta, bound for the homes of the most senior generals of the Indonesian army. On arrival, the...

Source: ASPI

Race, faith and Ahok’s defeat

27 April 2017

After one of the most tumultuous campaigns in Indonesian history, the incumbent governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) was soundly defeated by former Education Minister and academic,...

A masked man holds an anti-Ahok sign during a protest against Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. Source: AP/AFR

Jakarta election tests Indonesia's limits of tolerance

19 April 2017

On 19 April, the residents of Jakarta – Indonesia’s sprawling capital – will go to the polls in an election that presents an unusually stark choice between religious solidarity and governmental...

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Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

2 February 2017

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious...

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