Monthly Archives: March 2014


John Garnaut’s New Book

John Garnaut's New Book

John Garnaut, author of The Rise and Fall of the House of Bo, talks to AIIA NSW president Colin Chapman and Professor Kerry Brown,director of the China Studies centre of the University of Sydney.


Continuing Turmoil in the Middle East

Dr Anthony Billingsley talks with the President of AIIA NSW, Colin Chapman, on the crises in Egypt and Syria and ongoing talks between Iran and the United States. Dr Billingsley is a senior lecturer in international relations at the University of NSW. He has a doctorate in Arab constitutional law and is a former officer with the Office of National Assessments. He is just back from a six-month spell in the region.

You may have missed!

This is a featured designed to help you catch up with some of the headline and other significant issues that you may have missed. Your comments are welcome.


The United Nations now says it has enough evidence to lay war crimes charges against those involved in both sides of the Syrian conflict.

Much of the reporting in the Australian media about Indonesia tends to be all about  asylum seekers, with little coverage of the impending national elections. So you might want to read an excellent editorial in the Jakarta Post headed “The Circus Begins”.

It’s not just Indonesia that’s upset about being spied upon. The Israelis are attacking their American allies for doing the same, and have asked them to stop.

The events in Ukraine and Crimea turn one’s thoughts back to the Cold War; the New York Times demurs, but agrees it’s decidedly chilly in Eastern Europe.

According to the well-informed Pawel Swieboda, Poland holds the key to Ukraine’s future.

Question: Who has the biggest reserves of shale gas? Australia? Wrong. The United States? Wrong. The US government says it’s China. Read the  free article from STRATFOR.

A former editor-in-chief of the Sydney Morning Herald argues that the tension in North Asia is, at least partly, a battle of wills.

Finally, listen to a discussion on poverty in the Pacific Islands where the World Bank estimates one in five live below the poverty line. But then 16 million in Europe and  Central Asia are living on less than $2.50 a day. Not enough to book a passage with a people smuggler!