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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.

Penny Wong Wants Australia to Be More Than a Supporting Player

Can the new foreign minister escape the slipstream of the superpowers?

Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.
Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.

What a 19th-Century Shearer Can Teach Us About Korean-Australian Relations

People-to-people interactions are longer and deeper than the pair’s state relations.

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Ones-And-Tooze-podcast-series-1500x1000-site (1)

Is Italy on the Verge of Returning to Fascism?

Plus: The economic history of Australia.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.

Don’t Overreact to China’s Solomon Islands Plans

Naval power projection is a long way out for Beijing still.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd greets then-federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd greets then-federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese.

Kevin Rudd: Australia’s China Policy Requires a ‘Realist Premise’

“China ultimately respects strength and is contemptuous of weakness,” the former Australian prime minister said.

Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Australia’s Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)

China’s expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.

Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.
Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.

How a Pair of Mining Fortunes Will Shape the Australian Election

Two wealthy men with opposing political views are riding a wave of discontent with the major parties.

Gerry Rutterman and his daughter Kensey walk through floodwaters to return to their family home in Sydney on March 9.
Gerry Rutterman and his daughter Kensey walk through floodwaters to return to their family home in Sydney on March 9.

The ‘Rain Bomb’ That Could Shape the Australian Election

Devastating floods have yet again revealed the country is at the sharp end of climate change.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference.

Why Australia’s Chief Spy Rebuked Its Prime Minister Over China

A successful strategy to counter Beijing’s influence is falling prey to politics.

Djokovic smiles while holding a tennis racket and towel.
Djokovic smiles while holding a tennis racket and towel.

Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancellation Is About Politics, Not Health

The Australian government attempts to hide its COVID-19 mismanagement.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

In Asia, China’s Long Game Beats America’s Short Game

Beijing’s focus on economic ties will outlast Washington’s on military alliances.

Scott Morrison and Xi Jinping
Scott Morrison and Xi Jinping

Australia Shows the World What Decoupling From China Looks Like

The bottom line: Beijing’s attempt to bully Canberra has been a spectacular failure.

A view of the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka on Nov. 15, 2018.
A view of the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka on Nov. 15, 2018.
HMAS Farncomb Collins class submarine
HMAS Farncomb Collins class submarine

Why AUKUS Alarms ASEAN

The bloc is struggling to preserve unity—and can’t decide what to do about the new U.S.-China rivalry.

Young environmental activists hold protest signs up in front of comedians dressed as Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra, Australia, on May 5, 2019.
Young environmental activists hold protest signs up in front of comedians dressed as Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra, Australia, on May 5, 2019.

The Australian Climate Change Paradox, Unpacked

Australia is uniquely vulnerable in a warming world. So why have successive governments refused to act?

Scott Morrison and Lloyd Austin attend a meeting.
Scott Morrison and Lloyd Austin attend a meeting.

AUKUS Is a Short-Term Mess but a Long-Term Win for Australia

The controversial deal puts Canberra on the right side of history.

Australia's then-outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Canberra on August 24, 2018.
Australia's then-outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Canberra on August 24, 2018.

Turnbull: AUKUS Subs Deal Is an ‘Own Goal’

“If you double-cross people, there is a price to pay,” said former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the controversial deal that jilted France.

An Australian Navy submarine is seen during a maritime exercise.
An Australian Navy submarine is seen during a maritime exercise.

Why Southeast Asia Should Welcome AUKUS

Australia models independence in standing up to China.

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