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Australia has been embarrassingly silent on Myanmar

Australia has been embarrassingly silent on Myanmar

Under the Abbott and Turnbull governments, Myanmar appeared to fall off the map. It's time that changed.

Saving private citizens: how Australia uses diplomacy to rescue prisoners

Saving private citizens: how Australia uses diplomacy to rescue prisoners

Alek Sigley's removal from North Korean detention is a happy ending, but what does the saga say about Australia's ability to extricate citizens?

Playing the Palladium: what we know about Julie Bishop's new foreign aid gig

Playing the Palladium: what we know about Julie Bishop's new foreign aid gig

The former foreign minister says she's long believed "the private sector is the key to lifting living standards". Crikey looks at the complex world of privatised foreign aid.

Time for Australia to give itself some governance aid

Time for Australia to give itself some governance aid

Australia spends a lot of money teaching less developed countries about the importance of governance and transparency, but we look a lot like a banana republic when it comes to integrity.

Hong Kong response shows Australia won't keep China in check

Hong Kong response shows Australia won't keep China in check

The government claims it will treat China with a firm hand, but its response to protests in Hong Kong is anything but.

The failures of Iraq remain embedded in Australian politics

The failures of Iraq remain embedded in Australian politics

The conditions that enabled the Howard government to lead Australia into the Iraq debacle remain in place as another Middle Eastern war looms.

It's time to pay attention to Russia's rising power in the Pacfic

It's time to pay attention to Russia's rising power in the Pacfic

Five years after Tony Abbott threatened to "shirtfront" Putin, Australia needs to put Russia back on its radar.

Why travel advisories are handy tools in a trade war 

Why travel advisories are handy tools in a trade war 

Are government travel advisories always about citizens' safety? There's often a bit more to it...

Hong Kong's autonomy on the line as Beijing's influence grows

Hong Kong's autonomy on the line as Beijing's influence grows

New extradition laws with Beijing are just another step in the erosion of Hong Kong's political and legal autonomy. The effects will be huge for the region.

Morrison turns a blind eye to religious persecution in India

Morrison turns a blind eye to religious persecution in India

The government's push for religious freedom means nothing if it ignores the millions of religious minorities being persecuted by our trade partners.