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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?

Members of the Papuan Students Alliance protest in support of the Papuan independence movement.

Indonesia Can’t Quell West Papua’s Growing Independence Movement

Jokowi’s approach to the restive province is fundamentally flawed.

Maria Ressa holds up the warrant of arrest order after posting bail at a court in Manila.

A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.

Indonesian police disperse protesters.

Post-Pandemic Authoritarianism Looms in Indonesia

A crackdown on government critics accompanied coronavirus lockdowns. It hasn’t let up.

Maria Ressa speaks onstage at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 25, 2020.

Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize Is a Call to Action

The last time a working journalist was honored, it was a German editor as World War II loomed.

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.

A Taiwanese soldier waves a flag.

Is Defending Taiwan Worth the Risk?

Chinese incursions and U.S. training of Taiwanese forces raise the specter of war. Is it a conflict the United States can handle?

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.

A mural depicts Indonesian President Joko Widodo with the network error message “404: Not found” covering his eyes.

Has Joko Widodo’s Power Peaked in Indonesia?

The country’s future hinges on how Jokowi navigates his final years as president.

An Australian Navy submarine is seen during a maritime exercise.

Why Southeast Asia Should Welcome AUKUS

Australia models independence in standing up to China.

Biden and Macron at NATO in Brussels

Don’t Underestimate the AUKUS Rift With France

Paris doesn’t speak for Europe, but it can disrupt transatlantic ties.

The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Ranki

Australia Badly Needs Nuclear Submarines

The country’s maritime scope, and China’s rise, makes the AUKUS deal a no brainer.

The sun rises over a Royal Australian Navy submarine.

The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall

The world’s newest security partnership is a window into how the world works—and the unpredictable places it’s heading.

Macron at nuclear submarine launch ceremony in France

Sub Snub Has Paris in a Tizzy Over AUKUS

The French are right to be upset—but only about the money, not the strategy.

The F-22 Raptor after refuelling from the KC-10 Extender off the Queensland coast on July 17, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

U.S. Seeking Basing in Australia After Submarine Deal

The Biden administration is hoping to rotate fighters and bombers to the land Down Under.

Biden holds a press conference about AUKUS

India Welcomes AUKUS Pact as China Deterrent

The agreement will help New Delhi with its quest for a stable balance of power in the Indo-Pacific.

The U.N. logo

U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N.

The informal deal offers common ground with Beijing and a blow to Myanmar’s hopes of legitimacy.

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