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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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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.

2021/12/22 | The Interpreter

Hun Sen’s All-Encompassing Rule of Cambodia

The strongman has anointed his son as successor – after an election, of course.

2022/03/23 | The Interpreter

China’s Women ‘Hold Up Half the Sky’

Entrenched gender inequality and the heavy hand of censors can no longer silence female voices in China.

2020/02/10 | The Interpreter

Australia-Indonesia: An Uncertain World Makes for Firm Friends

Australia and Indonesia have more and more in common, a fact which should challenge old tropes about their differences.

2020/12/01 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing To See Here”

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

2022/04/15 | The Interpreter

The Problem With Postcards From Myanmar

Myanmar is opening up to foreign tourists, but it’s not just Covid-19 that poses a risk.

2022/03/08 | The Interpreter

Reading Southeast Asia on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion has unified the West with new clarity, yet exposed ambiguity and uncertainty in Southeast Asia.

2022/05/03 | The Interpreter

Musk’s Twitter: Tweet Freedom for Asia?

Japan is the platform’s second biggest market with around 55 million accounts, followed by India.

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.

2021/12/01 | The Interpreter

Increasingly Illiberal Thailand

By stifling free expression, authorities are shutting off any prospect of change that is broadly acceptable to all.

2022/03/04 | The Interpreter

China Needs To Rethink Its Russia Policy

Beijing may find it difficult to handle this troublesome “no limits” partner.

2021/05/17 | The Interpreter

Myanmar and a New Kind of Civil War

Urban dissidents trained by battle-hardened guerillas in the countryside could make things harder for the Myanmar military.

2018/11/02 | The Interpreter

SINGAPORE: 1 Week, 6 Executions, No Political Will for Change

On Oct. 26, Singapore executed Malaysian citizen Prabu N. Pathmanathan despite protests from the Malaysian government.

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.

2021/02/04 | The Interpreter

Myanmar’s Empty Promise of Constitutional Reform

Democracy campaigners tried to play by the military’s rules. They suffered for it anyway.

2021/08/24 | The Interpreter

Can the US and China Cooperate on Climate?

Deals, denials, and grand bargains on the road to the COP26 climate change conference.