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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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2018/07/03 | The Interpreter

Rim of the Pacific Navy Exercises Underway amid Incoherent Trump Foreign Policy

This year's military exercise focuses on providing training for non-US navies, while demonstrating the incoherence of the Trump administration's foreign policy.

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.

2018/06/08 | The Interpreter

China's Damming Control of Mekong, South China Sea Pincers Southeast Asia

China's control of dams above the Mekong and islands in the South China Sea strategically sandwiches Southeast Asia.

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.

2018/05/30 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: A Financial Crisis Looms over China

China's 'shadow banks' are a double-edged sword for Xi.

2018/05/27 | The Interpreter

Can Australia Help Indonesia Kick Cigarettes?

Australia's northern neighbor's economy is burdened by heavy tobacco use.

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.

2018/05/21 | The Interpreter

Chinese Students in Australia Often Feel Isolated, Disappointed

Chinese students pay big money to study Down Under, but many come away without the cosmopolitan experience they were expecting.

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.

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.

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.

2018/05/04 | 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.

2018/04/26 | The Interpreter

Despite New Discovery, Japan Can't Match China's Rare Earth Dominance

Japan's discovery of 16 million tons of high-value metals on the ocean floor means little if they cannot exploit them.

2018/04/23 | The Interpreter

Who Will Ultimately Be Blamed for the Rohingya Crisis?

For decades, Myanmar’s leaders have feared that they may be brought before a court to account for their actions, but the issue goes far beyond military top brass.

2018/04/23 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Climate Change to Test Small Island Alliances

China is courting nations such as the Maldives and Vanuatu using infrastructure funds aimed at combating the effects of sea level rises.