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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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2018/06/22 | 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.

2018/05/04 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Southeast Asia Doubles Down on Trade amid Protectionist Fears

Caught between trade deals and heavily dependent on external trade, ASEAN may be forced to decide between the US and China.

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.

2018/03/21 | 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.

2018/05/07 | 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.

2018/06/08 | 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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.