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It is one thing to be in possession of an unrivalled deposit of unmined ore, it is quite another to unlock its vast potential.
The biggest destabilising player in Melanesia over the past five years has not been China, but Indonesia.
The Maldives experience suggests the need to adapt to global warming could in the future be manipulated for political leverage.Sea Level
Wasting Prime Ministerial time is not good diplomacy.Robert Mugabe
Violence outside the spectacle of insurgency continues, as mundane as it is pervasive.Asia
Perhaps France’s Emmanuel Macron can convince Trump he will retain far more leverage over Iran within the existing nuclear deal.Angela Merkel
Refugees should have better access to labour migration schemes to reduce the pressure on humanitarian quotas.World Economy
The EPG says economic reforms proposed by the G20 are neither radical nor novel.Money Laundering
The test of US policy is not how much Washington can hurt others but how much pain it will withstand.Foreign Policy
If anyone deserves protection at this increasingly protectionist time it is the least developed countries around the world.
Pacific island countries, especially, win big in a breakthrough event.Nation-Building
The US felt compelled to act, Bashar al-Assad has been punished, yet may not be deterred.Middle East
“Confidence” was the message, reinforced in print and online.
Airstrikes aside, the US needs Moscow to influence the Assad regime and negotiate an end to this sordid conflict.Middle East
The triumph of Viktor Orbán in Hungary is not just a curious and isolated development.Europe
Why did Japan and South Korea not join the expulsion of Russian diplomats after the Skripal attack?
In a world of significant change, Australia and New Zealand will need each other more than ever.New Zealand
Greg Earl with economic snippets from across the region.International Monetary Fund
More positive profiling of women in office will result in more positive perceptions of women in political leadership.Sri Lanka
Links and updates from across the migration and border policy field.Immigration
Detaining enemies of the state could erode international support for Vietnam.Human Rights
The Foreign Minister seemed most animated when discussing ideas that are clearly under threat in the region and indeed globally.Julie Bishop
Ride-hailing apps are all the rage in Indonesia’s capital, but an old favourite is chugging on.Entrepreneurship
Links and stories from around the Pacific by The Interpreter team.New Zealand
Jostling over Syria offers a glimpse of emerging alliances and compromises as the US-led security order winds down.Middle East