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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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2018/03/23 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Taiwan Has No Reason to Fear the Liaoning

China's aircraft carrier is little more than a paper tiger, Euan Graham writes.

2020/09/15 | The Interpreter

The Making of Prime Minister Suga

Shinzo Abe's “Mr. Fix-It” has the top job. Will he make his own mark in a country famed for its revolving door of PMs?

2020/05/12 | The Interpreter

We Should Be Cautious When Speculating About a North Korea Collapse

When speculation of a regime collapse gets out of hand, especially from people with authority, fears about the fate of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons can fuel an urge to preventively attack North Korea as a way to keep those weapons out of the wrong hands.

2020/09/10 | The Interpreter

Rising Protests and a Sinking Economy Spell Trouble in Thailand

A wave of dissatisfaction with the ruling elite and a Covid-induced recession have shaken the country’s foundations.

2020/05/13 | The Interpreter

The Beef Between China and Australia

China's proposed barley and beef tariffs on Australia may be legally dressed up, informal economic sanctions.

2018/06/22 | The Interpreter

MALAYSIA: Out with the Old and in with the New

A massive cull of key officials left over from the previous government is underway as Prime Minister Mahathir gets down to work.

2018/03/21 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Nobody is Taking the Lead on the Rohingya Crisis

The Rohingya crisis has become the elephant in the room for regional governments.

2018/06/08 | The Interpreter

A History of Harassment: Probing Indonesia's Anti-LGBT Campaign

A small legal victory does little to mask politically motivated oppression of Indonesia's LGBT community.

2020/07/13 | The Interpreter

The Semiconductor Industry Is Where Politics Gets Real for Taiwan

These tiny semiconductor chips, accounting for 15% of Taiwan's GDP, can profoundly change the world as the U.S. and China fight over the brains of electronics.

2018/04/13 | The Interpreter

Big Surprise: Chinese State Media Fawned Over the Boao Forum

The image of China as respected and admired by the rest of the world is a critical element of China’s internal propaganda efforts.

2020/08/26 | The Interpreter

The Killings in the Philippines Grow More Brazen

The recent murder of a well-known activist signals a turning point in the campaign to eliminate dissent.

2020/05/04 | The Interpreter

China’s Alternative Approach to Humanitarian Aid

China's humanitarian aid has a number of distinguishing aspects, such as preferring to work bilaterally and mixing of humanitarian aid with developmental assistance,

2020/04/27 | The Interpreter

Rumors Around Kim Jong Un Reveals Crisis in South Korean Media

Less than half of South Koreans trust their local media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and even less trust their coverage of powerful entities. The reasons for this lie in South Korea's authoritarian past.