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It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

Blocked Transition: Corruption and Regionalism in Tunisia

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Corruption and clientelism are undermining democratic transition in Tunisia, a unique success story after the 2011 Arab uprisings. ICG To put the country back on track, the government should launch a national economic dialogue including established business elites and emerging provincial business leaders. Executive Summary The political consensus in… Blocked Transition: Corruption… Read More »

The London Conference and Prospects for Peace and Stability in Somalia

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The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. ICG But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. The 11 May London Conference on Somalia comes at a… The London Conference… Read More »

Lavrov in Washington: Can America and Russia Work Together?

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The U.S.-Russia relationship is starved for normalcy. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov picked an inauspicious time to visit Washington. Starting with the increasingly crass and distasteful assertions by American comics that President Donald Trump is beholden to Russian president Vladimir… Lavrov in Washington… Read More »

South Korean Elections Sidestep Rising Peninsula Tensions

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North Korea’s nuclear grandstanding and inflammatory missile tests, President Trump’s anti-Pyongyang rhetoric and U.S. missile deployments have raised tensions in North East Asia. Christopher Green ICG Our Senior Advisor for the Korean Peninsula Christopher Green looks at where South Korea’s 9 May presidential election fits into these newly complex dynamics. Why have tensions risen on the… South Korean Elections… Read More »

Marine Le Pen’s Real Victory

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Her National Front party may have lost on Sunday, but its political future is bright. EMILY SCHULTHEIS TheAtlantic PARIS—Sunday was undoubtedly Emmanuel Macron’s night. In a race watched around the world and billed as a fight for the future of Europe, the 39-year-old centrist candidate, who started and grew his own party in just over a year, defeated the National Front’s Marine Le… Marine Le Pen’s… Read More »

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Boris Johnson, UK’s Foreign Secretary had a mission at the recent G7 Foreign Ministers Summit at Lucca, Italy (10-11 April 2017). Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF He was hell bound to bring home another raft of sanctions against Russia in the aftermath of the gas attack in Syria. Turning a deaf ear to Moscow’s call for an internationally sanctioned investigation on the Syrian gas incident Boris Johnson sought, once more, to trample down on the principles of consultation, engagement and multilateralism ... Read More »

The PKK’s Fateful Choice in Northern Syria

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The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates face a stark choice: risk their gains in northern Syria through continued prioritisation of the PKK’s fight against Turkey, or pursue local self-rule in the area they have carved out of the… ICG After the PKK deployed cadres in Syria in July 2012, it cooperated with the West in fighting the… The PKK’s Fateful… Read More »

Managing Turkey’s PKK Conflict: The Case of Nusaybin

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With one quarter of its inhabitants’ homes destroyed in the past year, Nusaybin is a victim of Turkey’s 33-year conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). ICG The state has taken economic steps to help the town, but outreach and Kurdish rights must be improved to prevent new flare ups… Managing Turkey’s PKK… Read More »

Values vs. Interests: How Should America Deal with Bad Guys?

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The United States needs flexibility and discretion in foreign policy, not a straitjacket of moral or ethical principles. Aaron David Miller The National Interest President Trump’s decision to extend an invitation to Philippine strongman President Rodrigo Duterte is only the latest and perhaps the extreme example of the Trump administration’s seeming… The decision to strike Syria in the wake of the… Values vs. Interests… Read More »

Time for Donald Trump to Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Kim Jong-un

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Forget Duterte: this is the Asian dictator Trump should be welcoming. Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest Donald Trump is inviting the wrong Asian dictator to meet him in Washington. Instead of focusing on Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, he should extend an invitation to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. His comments today that… Time for Donald… Read More »

The French Election and Europe’s Future

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BERLIN – A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to… Joschka Fischer Project Syndicate But, even with the nationalist, populist candidate Marine Le Pen still in the running, many observers are genuinely hopeful that the… With Macron’s victory, Europe would avoid self-destruction yet again. A… The French Election… Read More »

2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point

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Analyses – The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. Читать по-русски / Read in Russian I. Democracies falling, advent of strongmen RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a 2017 World Press… Read More »

A Perspective of Evolution, Development and Growth Beyond the Town Nucleus: Special Reference to the Cyprus Case

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The varying official definitions of rural areas are attributed to the distinctions in terms of dispersed population, an often agricultural – based economy, and distance from major urban centers, as well as lack of access to major… Mattheos Economides Growth in world population and economy had as a result, severe environmental damage and unsustainable exploitation of the… The international community should determine… A Perspective of… Read More »

Fighting ISIS: The Road to and beyond Raqqa

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The U.S. campaign against ISIS in northern Syria both benefits from and is complicated by its partnership with an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group fighting against its NATO ally… ICG The challenges will grow as the war on ISIS moves further… Overview In Raqqa the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) faces its toughest test to date in… Fighting ISIS: The… Read More »

Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy

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Some time before August 23 2001, a small Indonesian fishing boat, the KM Palapa 1, left Indonesia en route to Christmas Island with 438 asylum seekers aboard. Alex Reilly  The Conversation Like many before them, the asylum seekers hoped to reach Australia and apply for permanent protection visas. The Palapa’s engines failed in international waters between Indonesia and… Australian politics explainer… Read More »