Scott Morrison's visit to Tokyo will see questions of defence, the US and China on the table as Australia and Japan navigate their increasingly insecure positions.
Australia needs the US to lead concerted international action on issues like trade and climate. A re-elected Trump administration is unlikely to deliver either.
The reasons for Stephanie Fahey's sudden departure last month are juicy topics among friends and foes. But according to insiders, the organisation was left in chaos.
China provided crucial support to Australia after the 2008 global financial crisis. Today, they must look after themselves.
Yes, Australia is undergoing a serious economic contraction. No, yelling 'recession' doesn't help. And for our exporters, things aren't too bad at all.
From iron ore to infrastructure, is there real reason to be concerned about state dependency on Chinese business?
The Coalition will use government procurement to drive greater Australian manufacturing. Only problem is it's given foreign firms access to government contracts and let them sue if we choose local.
When it comes to dealing with the Chinese government, there is a big difference between sensible caution and needless provocation. Australia must choose wisely.