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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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2020/09/29 | The Interpreter

China-India: Talk Is Cheap, but Never Free

There are many reasons all parties should avoid a second Sino-Indian border war – the costs of conversation are only one of many factors that would delay conflict resolution.

2020/10/20 | The Interpreter

Duelling Diplomacy Over Southeast Asia’s Most Important River

Despite climate change and the cost of hydropower dams, Mekong nations will find it difficult to turn away from China.

2020/01/29 | The Interpreter

Coronavirus: One Step Backward for the Global Economy

Beyond the human toll, fears will stop people from heading to shops, eating out, travelling, and cause other consumer costs.

2020/12/08 | The Interpreter

China’s Online Meddling Goes Beyond the Great Firewall

Supporting the human rights movement in China should include fostering a fact-based Chinese-language information environment in which activists can get reliable news and analysis.

2019/08/16 | The Interpreter

Australia to Examine Press Freedom After Police Raids on Journalists

The Australian government is reviewing press freedom protection after the police raided a journalist's home and a newsroom in June.

2019/03/27 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Bringing Transitional Justice to the Youth of Cambodia

Cambodia's young people are connecting digitally to the history of the murderous Khmer Rouge.

2021/09/01 | The Interpreter

Deliberate Ambiguity Of China’s New ‘Territorial Waters’ Declaration

A hastily introduced regulation requiring vessels to register may be contrary to the rights of innocent passage.

2019/10/18 | The Interpreter

Modi Takes a Beach Stroll During Sluggish India-China Talks

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi took time out for a beach cleanup while hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping last week — an act that might have been more productive than their talks.

2021/10/01 | The Interpreter

Meet Japan’s New PM

Asia’s oldest democracy looks for a steady hand on the tiller in a time of regional flux.

2020/03/06 | The Interpreter

When Philippines Democracy Hit Midlife Crisis

The Philippines’ democracy turned 34 last week but continues to flirt with authoritarian fantasies.

2019/03/12 | The Interpreter

INDONESIA: The Long Struggle of the Women's Movement in Politics

Women have been relegated to the fringes of Indonesian governance ever since Suharto’s New Order regime took over Sukarno’s throne of politics dominated by men.

2021/10/20 | The Interpreter

If Pushed Far Enough, Would Myanmar Leave ASEAN?

Myanmar’s generals once feared joining the regional body would expose the country to foreign pressures.

2021/04/15 | The Interpreter

Thailand’s Sweeping Associations Law Courts Disaster

Draft legislation to strictly control all kinds of groups could crush civil society and drive out foreign organizations.

2021/09/15 | The Interpreter

US Engagement in Southeast Asia: How Much Will Be Enough?

Complaints about America’s attention to the region need to be put in proper context.

2018/11/21 | The Interpreter

MYANMAR: Press Freedom Crumples amid Support for Dubious Foreign Reports

The Myanmar government's endorsement of a US 'anti-Rohingya supporter' marks a new low in the country's press freedom.