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An Albanese Labor Opposition - what will the ALP do now?

written by: Scott Gartrell

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will seek to conduct an internal review of the Labor Party's current policies in light of the May election loss. 

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The growth of China as it affects Europe

written by: Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC

Despite China's growth, Europe still tends to see it as a faraway country of which they know little of. 

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Turkey and the Middle East

written by: Sir Kieran Prendergast KCVO, CMG

Turkey sits at a crossroads geographically and in terms of identity, its regional relationships are diverse and complex. 

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Is Erdogan Losing His Touch?

written by: Sir Kieran Prendergast KCVO, CMG

The results of the Istanbul mayoral election rerun has cast a shadow over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power. 

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Papua New Guinea: Questions Loom

written by: Bill Farmer AO

International companies will need to watch closely how Papua New Guinea's new Prime Minister, James Marape, responds to the country's serious budgetary challenges and the Bougainville referendum in October. 

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Sudan: Prospects for change

written by: Haile Menkerios

The Transitional Military Council's transitional power-sharing agreement provides the prospects for change that can lead to continued stability, peace and development for Sudan. 

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Modi - The Next Phase

written by: John McCarthy AO

Narendra Modi's successful win in India's general election marks the next phase of his second term, which will be dominated by issues within the financial services and agricultural sectors. 

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The Upcoming Australian Federal Election

written by: Tom Harley

For the incumbent Liberal Party to win the upcoming Australian Federal Election, it requires much more to go its way compared to Labor's course to victory. 

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Indonesian Elections Update

written by: Michael Gill

Update on Indonesian elections. 

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The Yellow Vests Continue

written by: Jean-Marie Guéhenno

The Yellow Vest movement continues to exploit the socioeconomic divisions within French society.  

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The Upcoming Kashmir, India Elections

written by: Tom Gregg

Tensions in Kashmir have fundamentally changed both the tone and tempo of India's upcoming national election. 

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What will a Labor Government mean for Defence Industry in Australia?

written by: Hon Greg Combet AM

A future Labor Government would be expected to actively engage with the Defense Industry. 

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Gilets Jaunes

written by: Jean-Marie Guéhenno

The Yellow Shirt movement in France has created a political crisis that is unlikely to end quickly.

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Repurposing Australia’s Waste

written by: Megan Redmond

Australia needs to create substantial value and demand for repurposed resources in its end market to facilitate a successful circular economy. 

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Energy Policy Disarray Continues

written by: Noel Williams

With the demise of the NEG, the Australian energy industry landscape once again enters the twilight zone with continued lack of alignment on solutions to the dilemma, and of course politics driving the agenda.

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A New Wave of Environmental Legislation

written by: Hon Robert Hill AC

The Labor Party are offering a new wave of environmental legislation not seen since the Howard era in the late 1990s.

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Why Australians are Unhappy with Government

written by: Tom Harley

Public dissatisfaction with Australia’s major political parties over a lack of a clear Energy Policy.

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Ethiopia: Ongoing Changes Under New Prime Minister

written by: Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Ethiopia’s newly elected Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed is overseeing a fast and furious refor Download commentary

Libya: Geopolitics and Oil

written by: Vanessa Smith

While France and Italy jostle over becoming the lead power broker for Libya, the county’s troubled oil sector is showing signs of positive improvement.  

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2019 Australian Federal Election

written by: John Brenton

Australia’s Upcoming 2019 Federal Election

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Brazilian Elections: What’s Next

written by: Liam Eldon

Jair Bolsonaro’s victory is a circuit breaker for Brazilian politics and will usher in a new era for a country that has suffered from crime, corruption and stagnation over the past five years. 

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Malaria: An Ongoing Threat

written by: Jane Halton AO PSM

The First Malaria World Conference has re-cast the light upon the continued threat Malaria poses to global security and stability.

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Indonesia and Australia: Election Years Loom

written by: Bill Farmer

Indonesia’s upcoming elections will test the country’s relationship with Australia.

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New Reporting requirements for Australian businesses – Modern Slavery Act in Australia

written by: Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope

The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in New South Wales, will change the way business is conducted.

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The Threat to Western Democracy

written by: Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC

Democracy has come under threat from President Donald Trump’s disregard for the rules-based order and the growth of populism across the world.

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Reliability of power supply – at what cost?

written by: Noel Williams

Implementation of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) looks set to pave a smoother road for Australia’s Energy Policy.  

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Turkey: now what?

written by: Sir Kieran Prendergast KCVO, CMG

Turkey’s step towards an authoritarian one-man rule has accelerated with the re-election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Europe: A Continental Perspective & Brexit

written by: Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Momentum within Europe appears to be lagging, with Brexit one issue of many Brussels must address.

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The Horn of Africa at cross-roads

written by: Haile Menkerios

The Horn of Africa continues to face many challenges on its path towards unity.

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Modi: Running Again

written by: John McCarthy AO

Bhartiya Janata Party’s successful win in the country’s state elections signals the likelihood of a re-run for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India’s 2019 general elections.

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China’s debt a factor in the trade arguments

written by: Michael Gill

China’s rising debt presents a trump card for the United States in the escalating trade wars.

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Mining in Africa: below ground opportunities, above ground risks

written by: Anna Rabin

Sub-Saharan Africa’s regulatory and political risks are changing the landscape for investment within the mining sector across the region.

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Australian foreign policy needs more silence

written by: John McCarthy AO

If Australia wants to deepen its relationships with major democracies in the Asia-Pacific, it must reconsider how it publicly frames its relationships with the US and China in favour of a more muted approach.

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Tanzania: Mining Sector Woes

written by: Anna Rabin

Tanzania has long been heralded as a destination for long-term investors, providing them with political stability and a degree of sustained domestic security experienced by few of its neighbours.

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When Life Gives You Lemons… Argentina Comes in From the Cold

written by: Liam Eldon

When Argentine President Mauricio Macri visited the White House in April, President Trump, announced the two countries were "great friends, better than ever before."

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The Failure of Energy Policy in Australia

written by: Hon Robert Hill AC

Soaring electricity and natural gas prices, as well as total blackouts and warnings of more to follow are evidence of one of the greatest failures of public policy in Australia for many years.

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The Papua New Guinea Elections and Beyond

written by: Bill Farmer AO

Anyone watching elections in PNG has to fasten their seat belts and prepare for a heck of a ride. The recent national elections have richly lived up to the country's reputation for robust politicking, as well as for less than optimal competence in the conduct of the poll.

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The Future is Not What It Used to Be

written by: Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC

By most reasonable criteria Theresa May and the Conservative Party had a stunning victory in the British General Election.

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Discord in the Gulf

written by: David Russell AM RFD QC

On 5 June 2017, three members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain announced measures restricting commercial and other exchanges between their citizens and Qatar.

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Australian Energy Policy

written by: Noel Williams

Australian Energy Policy has taken some rocky roads over the past few years, and it appears that this experience is likely to continue.

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Indonesia

written by: John McCarthy AO

The past six months have been the toughest for President Jokowi since his settling in period after the inauguration in late 2014.

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America’s Longest War (and No End in Sight)

written by: Tom Gregg

The 16-year old Afghanistan war is the longest war in the history of the U.S. military, and there are no indications that the conflict will abate.

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Turkey: Where Next?

written by: Sir Kieran Prendergast KCVO, CMG

In the past year, Turkey has taken two giant steps away from democratisation and towards authoritarian one-man rule by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Media Reforms?

written by: Michael Gill

Visiting foreign executives have been known to observe that Australia’s media industry was the world’s most cutthroat.

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