Japan-Australia Cooperation: Middle Powers Rising in the Indo-Pacific

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The recently-signed Japan-Australia reciprocal access agreement signals the advent of a new era of middle power multilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

EV Battery Metals Rally into New Year


Will 2022 bring upply constraints to the fore of the electric vehicle industry?

US Inflation Hits 40-Year High


The result heaps further pressure on the Fed to move up the schedule of its rate normalization.

Israeli Firms and UAE Courts: Is Caution Warranted?

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A recent high-profile ruling against ‘jurisdiction shopping’ would seem to suggest that the UAE system is moving in the right direction.

Outlook 2022: Oil Markets


News of oil’s death may well be premature.

Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

Prime Minister and Andrew Robb signing the Free Trade Agreement with Chinese President Xi and Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng., 2014, cc Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website –, modified 0

Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Backgrounder: China’s Military Modernization Comes of Age

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The latest defense department report on China’s military modernization suggests that Beijing is rapidly closing the capability gap with Western peers, particularly with regard to air, sea, and missile forces.

China Seeks Atlantic Ocean Military Base

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US efforts to rebuff China’s geopolitical advances in Equatorial Guinea are highly reminiscent of the Cold War.

Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?


As a 420 km high-speed railway nears completion, two Chinese-built highways have been given the green light. Will these projects open up Laos, or make it a crossing point on China’s Belt and Road?

Outlook 2022: China’s Economy


Beijing is facing a confluence of several economic crises in the year ahead. Will it stay its recent course of economic rebalancing, or revert to old policy playbooks?

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