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Australia’s place in the new world order

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Author: Allan Gyngell, AIIA In 2017, Australians had to acknowledge that the global order that had shaped the world since the end of World War II was not challenged or changing but over. The old order never functioned perfectly, but its central tenets were always clear: its normative values (set out in documents such as […]

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Stability reigns but Sri Lanka might stay in chains

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Author: Dushni Weerakoon, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka Strong macro-stabilisation efforts characterised Sri Lanka’s economic policy in 2017. After two years of budgetary turmoil, fiscal consolidation efforts under an ongoing IMF program are delivering higher revenues for the cash-strapped Treasury. A stronger fiscal footing is allowing Sri Lanka’s central bank to act pragmatically […]

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Indonesia still struggling to keep its generals confined to barracks

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Author: Hipolitus Wangge, Marthinus Academy Indonesia’s democracy still faces the New Order legacy of military ambition within civilian political institutions, even after 19 years of reformation and the retreat from politics of the Indonesian military (known in Indonesian as the Tentara Nasional Indonesia, or TNI). The recent public displays of political aspiration by former general […]

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More to Australia–Japan security than bilateral defence ties

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Author: Shiro Armstrong, ANU Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is visiting Japan today. Whatever else is said, at the top of the agenda in his discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be managing relations with the United States and China. These are the superpowers that determine and underpin economic, political and national security […]

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Sanctions did not stop North Korea’s sallow sustenance in 2017

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Author: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, University of Pennsylvania Many analyses of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea overstate change and understate continuity in North Korean politics and its international relations. Given the lack of credible and verifiable information on much of the affairs surrounding the country, it is easy to take any new information as indicative […]

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[Entertainment News] Our Time Will Come named Best Film of 2017 by Hong Kong Film Critics Society

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The winners of the 24th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards were announced on January 15. Ann Hui's historical drama Our Time Will Come was named the Best Film of 2017. It is Hui's fifth time winning the top honor after A Simple Life, The Way We Are, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt and Summer Snow. Sylvia Chang won Best Director for her drama Love Education, and Gordon Chan's war epic God of War was awarded Best Screenplay.

Veteran Japanese actor Kurata Yasuaki won Best Actor for his role as a samurai commander in God of War. Meanwhile, Stephy Tang edged out Tomorrow is Another Day's Teresa Mo, In Your Dreams' Carina

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[Entertainment News] Sekigahara and The Third Murder lead 41st Japan Academy Prize nominations

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The 41st Japan Academy Prize has announced its shortlist of winners. Harada Masato's Sengoku war epic Sekigahara and Kore-eda Hirokazu's suspense drama The Third Murder lead with ten nominations each, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Yakusho Koji who appeared in both films.

Hiroki Ryuichi's fantasy drama The Miracles of the Namiya General Store and Shinohara Tetsuo's period drama Flower and Sword are also both in the running for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Romance drama Let Me Eat Your Pancreas completes the Best Film prizes, while Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Before We Vanish) nabs the last director nomination.

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Has Cambodia’s economic boom imploded?

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Author: Heidi Dahles, Griffith University Cranes building Phnom Penh’s rapidly rising skyline give testimony to Cambodia’s enduring economic success as well as to China’s commitment to investing in the Kingdom’s infrastructure. Cambodia has been highly successful in attracting foreign direct investment, creating employment and alleviating poverty for millions. The outstanding performance of its economy has […]

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All eyes on Xi in 2018

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Author: Ryan Manuel, Hong Kong University 2018 will see China take stock after the recently concluded 19th Party Congress, which outlined the new administration that will run the country for the next five years. In general, the year following a Party congress focusses on the transition to and consolidation of a new government, which leads […]

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Vietnam adjusts to the Trump era

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Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum The past year has been one of readjustment for Vietnam as it was forced to adapt to the new economic and geopolitical realities of the Trump presidency. Chief among these is the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a centrepiece of Barack Obama’s efforts to […]

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