By this author
World July 14, 2018
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson quits over Brexit
Donald Trump’s in Europe for NATO summit; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s new start for Turkey; US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo goes to Pyongyang.
World July 07, 2018
Merkel gives in on refugee turnbacks
Merkel gives in on refugees. Timor-Leste warned of fiscal crisis. Mexico elects left-wing president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. US chasing Kim Jong-un on nuclear promises.
News July 07, 2018
What makes the Philippines’ Duterte popular
Despite international disapproval of his bloody war on drugs, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is popular at home as a leader from outside the normal corruption of politics.
World June 30, 2018
Trump goes hog wild on trade tariffs
Trump's tariff war escalates. US Muslim travel ban upheld. Erdoğan maintains grip on Turkey. Greyhound racing ends in Asia with Macau closure.
News June 23, 2018
Mahathir’s grip on Malaysia
Mahathir Mohamad’s spectacular return to the prime ministership of Malaysia – and its first overturning of government since federation in 1957 – was meant to pave the way for Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership. But will the 92-year-old Mahathir rush to fulfil that promise?
World June 23, 2018
Trump keeps families together – in custody
Trump relents on family separations. Merkel under pressure over asylum seekers. Rhetoric heats up for US–China trade war.
News June 16, 2018
Trump and Kim’s historic summit
This week’s smiling, hand-shaking pleasantries are a long way from earlier threats of ‘fire and fury’ and nuclear attacks. But did the Trump–Kim meeting in Singapore really broker long-term disarmament?
World June 16, 2018
Trump trolls Trudeau after Quebec G7
Trump goes his own way on trade. Italy turns back refugees. Activists jailed in Hong Kong.
World June 08, 2018
Trump and Kim head to Singapore
US and North Korea ready for talks. Italy swings right. Islamists and secularists will face off in Indonesian poll.
News June 02, 2018
China, spies and the PM’s new fight
Questions mount over the direction Malcolm Turnbull is taking with China, as clues emerge from a former adviser’s report with ASIO and an ex-ambassador’s turning on the government.
World June 02, 2018
New elections could see Italy drop euro
Italy elections repeat could see rightward swing. Chinese financial crisis forecast. Trump–Kim talks back on.
News May 26, 2018
Diplomacy à la Kim Jong-un
While some may see Kim Jong-un as ill equipped to broker deals on the world stage, nothing could be further from the truth.