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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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2018/05/25 | The Interpreter

Confronting Coldstore: Why Singapore Must Face Its Past

There is still time for those who took part in epoch-making events in Singapore's history to give their personal testimony.

2018/05/07 | The Interpreter

Trains, Planes and Nuclear Disarmament: Who Will Host the Trump-Kim Summit?

The host city for the summit will need to meet strict security and logistical requirements, and the choice will be highly symbolic.

2018/06/08 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Charting the Death Throes of Press Freedom in Cambodia

The situation for press and other freedoms is going from bad to worse in Cambodia ahead of elections set for July.

2018/05/18 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: The Asian Infrastructure Bank and China's Place in the World

The AIIB's marginal role in international projects like Belt and Road expose the fragmented nature of China's policymaking.

2018/03/26 | The Interpreter

Is Myanmar's Leadership Too Old for the Job?

The graying leadership of the ruling National League for Democracy is an impediment to real change.

2018/05/15 | The Interpreter

Taking the Measure of China's New Aircraft Carrier

China's first homegrown aircraft carrier lags US counterparts but complements its area denial and blue water navy strategies.

2018/07/03 | The Interpreter

Rim of the Pacific Navy Exercises Underway amid Incoherent Trump Foreign Policy

This year's military exercise focuses on providing training for non-US navies, while demonstrating the incoherence of the Trump administration's foreign policy.

2018/04/26 | The Interpreter

Despite New Discovery, Japan Can't Match China's Rare Earth Dominance

Japan's discovery of 16 million tons of high-value metals on the ocean floor means little if they cannot exploit them.

2018/07/20 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Carrie Lam Should Watch Her Words on Language and Identity in Hong Kong

Speaking English is a core part of identity in Hong Kong, which is resistant to any perceived attempts to usher in more Mandarin.

2018/08/02 | The Interpreter

Wild Rumors and Shoddy Vaccines Rifle Through China

Li Keqiang's profile has seemingly been elevated, but has it come at the expense of Xi Jinping? A recap of one of Zhongnanhai's most restless periods in recent memory.

2018/04/23 | The Interpreter

Who Will Ultimately Be Blamed for the Rohingya Crisis?

For decades, Myanmar’s leaders have feared that they may be brought before a court to account for their actions, but the issue goes far beyond military top brass.

2018/07/18 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Royal Navy Set Fair for Heightened Indo-Pacific Operations

The British Royal Navy is keen to demonstrate it remains a global power despite significant budget constraints.

2018/04/23 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Climate Change to Test Small Island Alliances

China is courting nations such as the Maldives and Vanuatu using infrastructure funds aimed at combating the effects of sea level rises.

2020/09/03 | The Interpreter

A Biden Presidency and the US–South Korea Alliance

Can Joe Biden, if elected, heal the rift between the two countries, or will he make it worse?