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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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2018/09/11 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: A Brief Overview of China's Blackmail Strategy Towards Taiwan

From El Salvador to last week's typhoon in Japan, China is engaged in a blackmail campaign to remove Taiwan from the international stage.

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.

2018/08/24 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Behind the Asian Games Glitz Hides a Troubled Indonesia

It'll take more than a cover over Jakarta's 'Black River' to hide the darkness that threatens the heart of Indonesia.

2018/08/10 | The Interpreter

OPINION: China's Soft Power Push Risks Igniting Divides in Singapore

China's efforts to conflate race and national identity could have dangerous ramifications.

2018/08/02 | The Interpreter

Wild Rumors and Shoddy Vaccines Rifle Through China

Li Keqiang's profile has seemingly been elevated, but has it come at the expense of Xi Jinping? A recap of one of Zhongnanhai's most restless periods in recent memory.

2018/08/02 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Kazakhstan's Grand Entrance onto the World Stage

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has assertively courted Chinese and American alliances while shaking off decades of Russian influence.

2018/07/26 | The Interpreter

City of Sadness: Mourning the Ruins of Post-ISIS Marawi

Trust must be re-established in Marawi before rebuilding can begin.

2018/07/23 | The Interpreter

Why China Sees Senegal as a Belt and Road Springboard

Xi Jinping made Senegal his first stop on his tour of Africa, meeting President Macky Sall for the third time since 2012. What is it that makes the relationship between China and Senegal, according to Sall, so "special"?

2018/07/20 | The Interpreter

OPINION: Carrie Lam Should Watch Her Words on Language and Identity in Hong Kong

Speaking English is a core part of identity in Hong Kong, which is resistant to any perceived attempts to usher in more Mandarin.

2018/07/18 | The Interpreter

ANALYSIS: Royal Navy Set Fair for Heightened Indo-Pacific Operations

The British Royal Navy is keen to demonstrate it remains a global power despite significant budget constraints.

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.