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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.

2022/02/10 | 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.

2022/01/11 | 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.

2022/04/15 | 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.

2022/03/04 | The Interpreter

China Needs To Rethink Its Russia Policy

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

2022/03/11 | The Interpreter

What the Ukraine Crisis Means for the Indo-Pacific

Beijing’s support for Russia comes with downsides for the region, not least a hit to global markets.

2022/01/18 | The Interpreter

Australia Has a Solution to Indonesia’s Soaring Food Prices

As Indonesia takes the G20 presidency solving the country’s food security crisis should be top of the agenda.

2022/03/29 | The Interpreter

How the Marcos Family Could Rule Again in the Philippines

In a country where the average age is 25, has collective memory been washed of the nation’s iron-fisted kleptocrat?

2022/02/23 | The Interpreter

Courting Change For Indonesia’s Invisible Brides

The country’s marriage statistics obscure a significant rise in unregistered unions involving children and adolescents.

2022/05/16 | The Interpreter

What a Marcos Jr Presidency in the Philippines Means for Geopolitics

The Philippines might be Asia’s oldest democracy, but the continued appetite for strongman rule demonstrates a deep ambivalence about liberal democracy’s promises of political equality and rule of law and the likely continuation of the public’s acceptance of the autocratic practices that characterized Duterte’s presidency.