Undercurrents: Episode 6 – Tribes of Europe, and the International Women’s Rights Agenda at the UN (Chatham House)

In light of recent elections across the continent, we revisit the research project on the political Tribes of Europe, plus an insight on conservative efforts to disrupt the women’s rights agenda at the United Nations.


Why the Latest US Sanctions on Russia Will Bite (Nigel Gould-Davies, Chatham House)

If Europe follows America’s example, then life for Russia’s global elite – the key networks that sustain the Kremlin’s power – will become very uncomfortable indeed.


Will Arabs intervene militarily in Syria? (Mashari Althaydi, Al Arabiya)

No matter what happens in Syria, can Russians and Iranians remain stuck to the idea that Assad should remain in power forever or that ‘it’s either Assad or nothing’, which are the most popular regime slogans sprayed on the walls of Damascus and Syria, or whatever is left of these walls?


Australian warships challenged in South China Sea (Euan Graham, The Interpreter)

How should we react to news reports that China challenged Australian warships in the course of transiting the South China Sea, on their way from Subic Bay in the Philippines to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam?


Immigration links: disputed Rohingya repatriations, sporting refugees, and more (Erin Harris, The Interpreter)

A joint paper released this week from Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs, “Shaping a nation: Population growth and immigration over time”, examines the effects of migration on population growth and population distribution. The paper determines that migration has a positive economic effect, but that more attention needs to be paid how geographic distribution heightens pressures on infrastructure, housing, and the environment.


Will China’s new aid agency be effective? (Marina Rudyak, The Interpreter)

China has a new International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA). The IDCA will respond directly to the State Council and integrate the aid functions of the Ministries of Commerce (MOFCOM) and Foreign Affairs. The reform aims to reduce bureaucratic frictions and make aid better serve China’s diplomacy.