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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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2022/01/21 | The Interpreter

Japan’s Low-tech World

A glacial move towards digitalization has left much of the country’s workforce and public services in the last century.

2022/08/04 | The Interpreter

Does ASEAN Really Need an Official “Second Language”?

If Southeast Asia really needs to have official languages, choosing all the national languages of the ASEAN countries would be a prudent move.

2022/08/16 | The Interpreter

What the Philippines Has at Stake in Taiwan

Politicians in the Philippines have called for a contingency plan for the evacuation of the estimated 200,000 overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan.

2022/10/17 | The Interpreter

Could China Save the World?

It is difficult to imagine Xi Jinping brokering peace in Ukraine, but if China wants to be respected, this is a chance.

2022/02/10 | The Interpreter

A Foreign Policy Cheat Sheet for South Korea’s Presidential Election

Liberal and conservative candidates bring distinct traits to office. But after polling day, the shackles could come off.

2022/02/07 | The Interpreter

Olympics Not The Only Games This Year

While China’s many human rights problems have been highlighted as the main reason for the boycott, it can be said that a secondary target is the Olympic movement itself.

2022/10/27 | The Interpreter

Even Now, Standing Supreme, Xi Has Limits to His Power

The very loyalists that have facilitated Xi Jinping’s rise could yet provide a constraint to his ambition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2022/05/20 | The Interpreter

Lies, Damn Lies, and North Korea’s Covid Statistics

Why has Pyongyang suddenly fessed up to an outbreak after years of insisting the virus has been held completely at bay?