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IS got you down? Worried about the future of media? Ask Sam de Brito!

Want to know what to think about the rise of the Islamic State? Should America withdraw from the policy spheres of other nations, or will that give rise to more brutality? Ask Sam de Brito, Fairfax’s everyman, who will give you the answers you need, with the sex advice you don’t.

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Essential: voters don’t trust Abbott to make a good impression overseas

A growing proportion of Australians have little or no trust in the government’s ability to handle Australia’s international relations, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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Bob Carr the ‘authorised leaker’ and hypocrite

Bob Carr thinks it’s in the national interest to reveal the inner workings of diplomacy. Too bad he did nothing to help others seeking to do the same, like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

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East Timor’s fragile stability under threat with PM retiring

East Timor’s Prime Minister has announced his intention to retire from politics. Is the former resistance fighter abandoning his country when it needs him the most?

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Abbott’s first foreign test: pulling policy fat from diplomatic fire

Tony’s Abbott’s derided Operation Sovereign Borders policy will test the friendship in meetings with Indonesia today. On his first foreign assignment, is he up for the diplomatic challenge?

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Incoming government crashes into Indonesian diplomacy

The incoming Abbott government has learnt the hard way that it might not be a great idea to make foreign policy campaign promises without first talking to the principals involved.

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Rudd’s foreign priorities: Syria, naval base and ‘creative middle power’ status

Kevin Rudd has mapped out his foreign policy priorities for the next term, talking Syria while shifting a major naval base and resisting the temptation to boost DFAT. Freelance journalist David Donaldson tuned in.

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Carr v Bishop: business or diplomacy the foreign policy choice

Bob Carr debated Julie Bishop in a battle of foreign policy at the Lowy Institute last night. The differentiation came down to motivation: do you engage with the world for trade or diplomacy?

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Lowy results underline the need for foreign policy experts

Australians are not all that keen on democracy — just as well, as they don’t seem to be really sure what democracy is. The Lowy report into our attitudes contains some troubling trends.

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Gillard’s good week undermined by Kevin ‘look at me’ Rudd

Julia Gillard has had a good week in foreign policy. But Kevin Rudd continues to behave as though her political demise is just around the corner.

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Bleich: ‘ridiculous’ to try to contain China, and about those birthers …

It would be ridiculous for the US to try to contain China, and in fact it depends on China’s success, according to the United States’ man in Canberra. Crikey continues its chat with Jeffrey Bleich.

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Phoney war on foreign policy misses the bigger picture

Recent spats over Australia’s foreign policy amount to a phoney war and mask the lack of debate on the international issues that should matter, writes Rory Medcalf, director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

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Trade treaty ‘secrecy’ — does anyone benefit?

It’s time governments abandoned their selective secrecy when it comes to making treaties.

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Rundle: PNG a perfect storm for Carr to run amok

For Bob Carr, PNG is the perfect storm. It’s a chance to start a fight about national sovereignty, modernity and cultural relativism. He may well have license to run amok.

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The time has come — we must invade America to save its kids

Inspired by the Kony 2012 video, I’ve decided WE need to do something about an even greater children’s tragedy that’s unfolding right now. That’s the one not in Uganda, but in the US.

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We’re not in Canberra
anymore

Local politics is not so much on hold as locked down for the visit of Barack Obama. Cue media gushing.

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Barker: has ANZUS passed its use by date?

Would abandoning the ANZUS treaty substantially affect Australia’s strategic circumstances?, asks Geoffrey Barker.

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Crikey says: Voters recognise that China is the main game

Australians, it seems, are well aware that their governments must operate in a far more multi-polar world than in previous decades.

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In foreign policy, Gillard needs to undo the damage of the Rudd era

Julia Gillard needs to remove foreign policy emphasis from China and undo the damage of the Rudd government era while focusing on other nations in the South East Asia region, says a foreign affairs expert.

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Crippling Obama: no we can’t

Expect the upcoming US midterms to be brutal for the Democrats, with the Republicans likely to get significant increased power. But will Obama — thanks to a fracturing of the Republicans with the Tea Party — still control the foreign policy debate? Unlikely, says Matthew Hill.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Our bogan Howard-copy PM

PM Gillard is appearing remarkably similar to ex-PM Howard, writes Samantha Maiden, from the “foreign policy is not my passion” line to her Realpolitik approach.

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Greg Sheridan was right! About Julie Bishop that is…

Julie Bishop stuffed up Treasury, and now she’s stuffed up Foreign Affairs. Luckily Tony Abbott is on the ball in that portfolio…

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Essential: Voters live up to stereotypes

The latest Essential Report comes in at 54-46 to Labor — no change from last week. But when it comes to foreign policy, voters are split predictably down party lines, says Possum Comitatus.

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Diplomatic Courier | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Don’t forget about Nepal

Nepal isn’t given much thought in most Western country’s foreign policy discussions — but maybe it should be. Joshua Gross explains why the country’s potential as an enemy and an ally makes it worthy of our attention.

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Economist | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Australia still looks to America as Asia’s sheriff

Australia may be big beneficiaries from China’s industrial revolution, but our security in the region still hangs on the US, says the Economist.

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