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Blogs and blogging

Tuesday linkage

Warrior in Chief: Obama has been far more trigger-happy than his Republican opponents admit (thanks Michael.) And related, here\'s the latest insiderish account of Obama\'s role in the Bin Laden operation. For those wondering why yesterday\'s Graeme Dobell post on Pacific workers was

Asian century linkage

Good news from the Philippines, no longer Southeast Asia\'s economic laughing stock. (Thanks James.) \'At present our universities survive on foreign students paying high fees. Will this flow of revenue continue if a Chinese or Indian student can get a Stanford or MIT qualification at home?\'

Friday linkage

The US-Australia alliance: a cost-benefit analysis. (Thanks Graeme.) Does the UK\'s double-dip recession prove that austerity doesn\'t work? The Union of Concerned Scientists says America has \'latent\' anti-satellite weapons. Last month, we again suggested DFAT could action the long

Asian Century linkage

China warns North Korea against a nuclear test. (Thanks Malcolm.) An Australia-Indonesia Youth Association survey finds that its hard for Australians to get working visas for Indonesia. To really leap into the Asian Century, Australia must become a republic, says David Morris. Nick

Tuesday linkage

New Mandala responds to Bandid Nijathaworn\'s Interpreter piece providing a Thai perspective on Australia\'s Asian Century White Paper. America, a nation of spoiled brats: a bracing interview with FT columnist Edward Luce. Casinos, stadiums and tollroads: what distinguishes

Monday linkage

James Fallows urges you to read an important speech on \'the world\'s most important story\', China and the environment.  A further Timor update from Gordon Peake. A lively debate about Africa\'s growth miracle. Is it real? Thomas Friedman is large. He contains multitudes.

Thursday linkage

Great piece about South Korea, a status quo power which gets more fired up over territorial disputes with China and Japan than over reunification, which is an \'unnerving abstraction\'. Charmingly told tale of a Pentagon practical joke. Spain is about to cut its budget by what amounts to 5.

Wednesday linkage

Our thanks to ISN (the Zurich-based International Relations and Security Network) for alerting their blog readers to work on The Interpreter. High-ranking Chinese political adviser Jia Qinglin has published an op-ed in the NZ press about the bilateral relationship and Chinese

Tuesday linkage

Planning around natural disasters, not for them: \'Sometimes, building a transportation infrastructure to connect job centres to safe locations is a more efficient way to reduce risks than building dikes.\' Feeble, flouted and ignored: Walter Russell Mead on the UN today. Why YouTube is an

Monday linkage

50 amazing facts about the US economy. (H/t 3QD.) WikiLeaks reveals that China is trying to reduce its dependence on Middle Eastern oil. (Thanks Gareth.) A small portion of a Sarkozy-Obama video conference has been filmed by French TV. You might be surprised at how banal such exchanges

Thursday linkage

Why you won\'t find references to tomatoes on Chinese social media today (hint: it\'s to do with Bo Xilai). Here\'s a round-up of the Chinese media\'s reaction to the Bo Xilai scandal. Photos and video of India\'s newest capital ship, the nuclear-powered attack submarine INS

Tuesday linkage

Satellite images show North Korea is getting ready for its missile (sorry, satellite launcher) test. A zero email policy? Well, we can dream. (Thanks Fergus.) An appreciation of Hedley Bull, a \'founding father of the theory of modern arms control.\' SMH China correspondent John Garnaut on

Reader riposte: More on the Oz blogosphere

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz, a Policy Analyst and Social Media Coordinator for the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, writes: I have been following the debate on The Interpreter regarding the lack of an Australian blogosphere and I do tend to agree that this is lacking &mdash

Wednesday linkage

Would a shift to democracy stem the tide of emigration among China\'s rich? A sign of closer relations: the Deputy Speaker of Japan\'s parliament meets with the President of Taiwan. (Thanks Malcolm.) Economic principles illustrated by minimalist posters. (H/t Blattman.) How does a Western

Monday linkage

According to SIPRI, the world\'s second-largest arms importer is Australia. A Kennedy for Pakistan? The NYRB on Imran Khan. In his latest piece, Stephen Grenville says \'Sensibly, we no longer try to produce even a light plane...\'. Not quite true, a reader points out. North Korea as 

Reader riposte: Australia blogosphere

Blogger Jim Belshaw responds to Sam Roggeveen\'s post, \'Is there an Australian blogosphere?\': I think it is true to say that the Australian blogosphere is fragmented. It\'s also true to say that Australian bloggers don\'t cross-link as much as they might or indeed should. But it\'s not

Is there an Australian blogosphere?

\'Europeans can\'t blog\', reads the headline from a newly created blog by the Brussel-based think tank Bruegel. One phrase in particular stuck out at me from this lament about the poor state of European blogging: \'Europe has bloggers, but no blogosphere\'. It seems to me this might be true

Friday linkage

There are hints of political intrigue in Beijing after the Bo Xilai sacking; even coup rumours (more here). China\'s lawyers will now have to swear allegiance to the Communist Party. (Thanks Malcolm.) Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a US attack on Iran would be a

Thursday linkage

Private spaceflight firm SpaceX will soon deliver cargo to the ISS, then astronauts, and has its sights set on Mars, for US$500,000 return.  Cricket is emerging as Afghanistan\'s number 1 sport. \'...having good ideas is an alarmingly small component of being a good speaker.\' (H/t Browser

Wednesday linkage

For those who followed our Future of Secrecy thread, the presentation given by Nicholas Gruen to our forum in Canberra is online at the bottom of this post. India the next superpower? Probably not, says a new LSE study. A European think tank called Bruegel launches a blog, observing: \'It is

Tuesday linkage

The Asian Development Bank Institute says the service sector is the future for ASEAN, China and India, but McKinsey\'s says India needs to look to manufacturing. Financial bubbles and the herding instinct. A one-man show purporting to tell real stories about conditions

Thursday linkage

Canada and the UAE practice dog-sled diplomacy. Surely a candidate for Graeme Dobell\'s Madeleine Award. (Thanks Stephanie.) Speaking of Canada, recent government statements about the Joint Strike Fighter remind one of the football club president who professes \'full confidence\' in the

Wednesday linkage

David Cameron is heading to Washington, and Gideon Rachman says he probably wants a second Obama term. The evidence that China is moving to a more consumption-based economic model is weak. What happens to NATO after Afghanistan? Will it turn east, go global, or just fade away? China\'s social

Monday linkage

The US \'pivot\' to Asia won\'t amount to much because there is no domestic constituency for such a move. Summary of a new Brookings report about cybersecurity and China-US relations. Putin\'s webcams: why actions seemingly designed to reduce election fraud may actually leave a

Thursday linkage

Today is International Women\'s Day; the Asia Foundation surveys the regional picture, and the World Bank blog looks at Vietnam. China doesn\'t have a string of overseas military bases, so instead the PLA Navy builds cruise ships to give crews some R&R. Between modernity and tradition, India

Wednesday linkage

Seven reasons oil prices might fall.  The seemingly unique status of Israel among US allies. Korea: the growth of North-South diplomatic relations in graph form. China\'s stake in the eurocrisis: China\'s \'rapid move into European acquisitions could well be the most startling change

Monday linkage

Widely-cited interview with President Obama on Iran. \'I don\'t bluff\' is the most quotable line, though of course, that\'s exactly what a bluffer would say. Scientists declare that people are not smart enough for democracy to work properly. (H/t 3QD.) OECD Insights looks like a

Friday linkage

The Indonesian Army is doing counter-insurgency training in India. India\'s growth rate slumped in the last quarter of 2011. (H/t MR.) New hints of Saudi involvement in 9/11 won\'t mean much for US Middle East policy. Defense Technology International is available free online. Latest

Thursday linkage

Come again? Earlier this month, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said \'in my personal military judgment, formed over thirty-eight years, we are living in the most dangerous time in my lifetime, right now.\' The \'de-materialisation of wealth\'; or, being rich means having less stuff

Wednesday linkage

Nixon\'s interpreter for the historic 1972 visit on China today. Canberra in the \'50s, international diplomacy, the red peril: yep, I should really read Frank Moorhouse\'s \'Cold Light\'. New research concludes that \'real per-capita GDP in China was 50% higher relative to the U.S. in 2005

Tuesday linkage

The Google-World Bank deal to create crowd-sourced maps looks good on the surface, but guess who will own all that data... (Thanks Danielle.) \'Stratfor is a joke and so is WikiLeaks for taking it seriously\'. (Thanks Alex.) Senior IAEA official Pierre Goldschmidt\'s hypothetical dialogue 

Monday linkage

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies issues its latest quarterly survey of the region. China since 1978: the largest internal migration in history. Tyler Cowen recommends a book which intrigues me with its title, \'Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand

Friday linkage

The EU has released growth forecasts for the year ahead. Here\'s an analysis. The Pryer: A newish UK blog devoted to coverage of defence, security and foreign policy. A cool photo gallery of twenty-first century Tokyo architecture. Six common hand gestures that can get you into trouble in

Thursday linkage

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott assesses Kevin Rudd\'s performance as Foreign Minister. Milton Osborne passes on the news that The Irrawaddy has ceased to publish in print form. The online version of the magazine is going stronger than ever. The biggest cuts to the US nuclear arsenal have

Wednesday linkage

The ABC\'s Mark Corcoran looks at drone journalism: \'The media is beginning to go micro, exploiting rapid advances in technology by deploying small toy-like UAVs to get the story.\' Data on worldwide obesity. That Sydney University blog-reader survey I flagged some weeks ago has produced

Tuesday linkage

Women are more risk-averse than men, right? New research suggests this might not be true. Major investigative piece by Bloomberg on Indonesian fishermen being used as slave labour in New Zealand waters. (H/t WRM.) Must-read post from Nicholas Gruen on what makes a great speech. Peter

Friday linkage

A new Indonesian soapie is about to air, partly funded by AusAID. A trailer. (Thanks Simon.) A Peking University academic assesses China\'s online year in 2011. One notable trend: less nationalism. Zakaria on rumours of Israeli or US military action against Iran: \'Nations have often

Why academics should blog

The blogosphere is the gift that keeps on giving. Just this morning, I discovered Stephen Matchett\'s The Common Room, a higher education blog run by The Australian which looks to be well worth bookmarking. I was particularly interested in Matchett\'s lament from Tuesday that

Thursday linkage

India is stepping up its domestic search for uranium. Christopher Joye notes some good economic data from Europe and the US. Walter Russell Mead says the US could yet fall back into recession. The Japanese love affair with Steve Jobs (his 2005 Stanford commencement address made it into

Wednesday linkage

The US and North Korea are holding bilateral talks in Beijing next week. Kuwait\'s recent parliamentary elections have exposed some deep societal fault-lines. Further to yesterday\'s link on Russian commercial interests in Syria, Ben Coleridge says there\'s also a religious angle 

Tuesday linkage

Pivoting: the Pentagon wants better access to the Philippines. A useful primer on China\'s next leader, Xi Jinping. Why do meetings take so long? Because we\'re all so busy signaling that we never get any work done. A thorough update on China\'s submarine modernisation plans.

Monday linkage

An excellent summary of the recently released report from the UN\'s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability. My colleague Michael Fullilove used his Twitter feed to heartily recommend this new Obama profile by James Fallows. In the 60 years since the concept was invented

Friday linkage

If you\'re feeling even slightly optimistic about Greece and Italy, don\'t read this. Huh: there are plans for a \'Korea suburb\' in Hobart. Nice shots of the Royal Navy shadowing a Russian aircraft carrier through the English Channel. The Russian fleet was returning from a port visit

Thursday linkage

McKinsey makes twelve predictions about China in 2012 (no.3: \'Real estate will stagnate.\') Mosh pit diplomacy: a savage, unsparing review of Parag Khanna\'s latest book. (Thanks Michael.) Professor Roger Pielke Jr was at the Lowy Institute on Wednesday talking about the intersection

Wednesday linkage

Dead-cat bounce? The global manufacturing picture. Maybe the surprising but welcome apology from the Global Times to my colleague Rory Medcalf is part of a larger story at that paper and in the Chinese media. The Economist on Syria: \'The complete isolation of Russia and China in the

Tuesday linkage

The Global Mail is a new Sydney-based media outlet with some serious funding and heavyweight journos on board. It launched yesterday. Is there a persuasive argument for government support of manufacturing? A few days late, but here\'s John Howard\'s review of The Iron Lady. (H/t Troppo.) I

Monday linkage

It\'s getting colder in Moscow, yet the anti-Putin protests are growing larger. FT diplomatic editor Gideon Rachman is there.  Coal is in slow but inexorable decline as an energy source for the US. The US invasion of Iraq partly \'de-modernised\' the country, particularly the higher

Friday linkage

At time of writing, The Interpreter had entered Technorati\'s top 50 world politics blogs for the first time. Last March we entered the top 100. What\'s wrong with India\'s think-tank scene? China\'s largest freshwater lake is now...well, you\'ll see. The excellent international relations

Thursday linkage

John Mueller: \'...it seems to me that the United States lives in an environment that is substantially free from threats that require a great deal of military preparedness.\' Population and urbanisation trends in Asia. From 1865, a poignant and powerful letter written by a freed slave to

Wednesday linkage

The visible and subtle signs of Kim Jong Un\'s legitimisation as North Korean leader. The Royal Navy warns Argentina against \'foolish nonsense\'. Is Germany a model for renewable energy policy, or just a muddle? What I learned teaching international relations in Asia: part one; part two

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