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The Interpreter is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney. It publishes daily commentary and analysis on international events.

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2022/12/01 | The Interpreter

Anwar’s Victory Not the Only Malaysian Shockwave

A dramatic rise in the Islamist vote in the Muslim-majority country is the biggest outcome of the election.

2022/11/24 | The Interpreter

Worth a Thousand Words: What Kim Jong‑Un’s Daughter Photo Tells

The appearance of Kim’s daughter at an ICBM launch underscores how the regime sees its nuclear weapons program as a fixture and that the North Korean leadership is willing and prepared to continue on this path.

2022/11/10 | The Interpreter

Countdown to Asia’s Summit Season

Conflict in Myanmar and Ukraine against a backdrop of U.S.‑China tension – a crowded agenda will unfold in coming weeks.

2022/10/27 | The Interpreter

Even Now, Standing Supreme, Xi Has Limits to His Power

The very loyalists that have facilitated Xi Jinping’s rise could yet provide a constraint to his ambition.

2022/10/17 | The Interpreter

Could China Save the World?

It is difficult to imagine Xi Jinping brokering peace in Ukraine, but if China wants to be respected, this is a chance.

2022/10/11 | The Interpreter

Come What May, North Korea Perseveres

No manner of sanctions appears to dent Pyongyang’s determination to remain solitary and nuclear armed.

2022/10/05 | The Interpreter

Hot Button Issue: North Korea’s Bold New Nuclear Stance

Regional leaders would do well to focus on engagement with Pyongyang after missile launches set a dangerous precedent.

2022/09/30 | The Interpreter

Myanmar: A Desperate Junta Trying, and Failing, To Shore up Its Legitimacy

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Australian economic adviser was sentenced to three years in prison. It won’t help the Myanmar junta’s international isolation or its domestic problems.

2022/09/20 | The Interpreter

What Does Biden Mean on Taiwan?

When Washington doesn’t speak with one voice, its powers of strategic ambiguity are slowly chipped away.

2022/09/14 | The Interpreter

Powerhouse: Clean Energy Transitions in the Indo-Pacific

Energy security is shifting to new interdependencies based on alternate fuels and rare earths.

2022/08/25 | The Interpreter

Will Thailand’s Prime Minister Defy Time?

Despite being suspended as prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha still holds the powerful position of Defense minister and will continue to attend cabinet meetings.

2022/08/16 | The Interpreter

What the Philippines Has at Stake in Taiwan

Politicians in the Philippines have called for a contingency plan for the evacuation of the estimated 200,000 overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan.

2022/08/10 | The Interpreter

ICC Pushes Probe on the Philippines’ Drug War

The Philippines’ decision not to rejoin the International Criminal Court sets a precedent for other countries to leave multilateral institutions whenever state leaders feel intimidated or uncomfortable.

2022/08/04 | The Interpreter

Does ASEAN Really Need an Official “Second Language”?

If Southeast Asia really needs to have official languages, choosing all the national languages of the ASEAN countries would be a prudent move.

2022/07/26 | The Interpreter

Dizzy With Success: Xi Consolidates Repression in Xinjiang

An “inspection tour” signals Beijing’s odious grip on the region and determination to control people’s identity.

2022/07/20 | The Interpreter

What a Waste! Japan’s Food Sustainability Challenge

Imported food has an environmental cost. A nationwide effort is needed to drastically cut the amount discarded.

2022/07/07 | The Interpreter

Under Pressure: Chinese International Graduates In a New China

Uncertainty about Covid, high unemployment rates, and shifting workforce expectations challenge China’s youth in 2022.

2022/07/04 | The Interpreter

Taking on Cambodia’s “Lady Liberty”

The American human rights lawyer sentenced to six years in a Phnom Penh prison may cause Hun Sen no end of trouble.