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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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2022/09/20 | 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.

2022/10/05 | 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.

2021/04/23 | The Interpreter

Indonesia Gambles on Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo may have an eye to his legacy by inviting the junta to Jakarta, but it could also cost his prestige.

2018/09/01 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Belt and Road Is an Exercise in Chinese Branding

More than anything, Belt and Road is a marketing tool – and, it seems, a largely successful one.

2022/01/11 | The Interpreter

Kip-to-Currency?

Laos, one of Asia’s tiny communist nations is looking at blockchain to fuel an economic boom.

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.

2022/08/10 | 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.

2022/04/15 | 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.

2022/11/24 | 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.

2022/05/03 | 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.