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Wang Huning: China’s antidote to strongman politics

In international politics, the concept of “soft power” is already well known. But in the Chinese domestic domain, the contest for power is often dominated… Read More

Coral Bell and the ‘concert of powers’ problem

The End of the Vasco da Gama Era is vintage Coral Bell: bold and trenchant, with plenty on which both academics and policymakers might chew. Read More

How should Australia defend itself against a rising China?

The rise of China is the big international relations issue of our time. Unsurprisingly then, various solutions have been suggested to the strategic concerns China… Read More

APEC leaders’ meeting exposes policy fault line

With differing views on trade, multilateralism and the future of APEC itself, the latest APEC leaders’ meeting presented much more to think about than the… Read More

Support for decentralisation and political Islam go together in Indonesia

Decentralized governance has been a key feature of Indonesian democratization. With the laws on regional autonomy (otonomi daerah) implemented in 2001, local governments acquired substantial… Read More

Meet the mastermind behind Xi Jinping’s power

The conclusion of the recent Communist Party congress in China has turned the world’s spotlight on a hitherto elusive figure, the 62-year-old scholar-turned-official, Wang Huning. Read More

Why India should be wary about celebrating its ranking in the latest ‘Doing Business’ report

The much-noted flagship publication of the World Bank Doing Business (DB) was publicly unveiled recently. This became cause for celebration for Indian Prime Minister… Read More

The rise of #Xiplomacy and China’s strategic narrative

It’s been nearly two months since China’s official media agency Xinhua debuted #Xiplomacy on Twitter. Xinhua, with a weighty 11 million Twitter followers, initially… Read More

Achieving the China dream or facing a minsky moment: China after the 19th party congress

While the 19th party congress confirmed President Xi Jinping’s grip of power at the top echelon of the political system, the newly minted leadership team faces… Read More

Reading between the lines of North Korea’s letter

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly has been busy sending open letters to various foreign parliaments. Our letter seems specifically… Read More