Tim Soutphommasane There was irony in the public occasion of Margaret Thatcher's grand funeral procession in London.
Ramesh Thakur Does the US pivot to the Pacific represent a necessary rebalancing, overbalancing or counter-balancing against China's growing wealth, power and assertiveness? Few third countries have a bigger stake...
Hugh White Whether you see last week's new ''strategic partnership'' with China as a diplomatic triumph or another policy stumble depends on your view of the relationship between America and China.
Hugh White Could the United States and China possibly share equal billing in the Asia Pacific?
Katharine Murphy Politics is itself devaluing the currency of leadership in some attempt to remain one step ahead of opinion polls.
Martin Flanagan Tasmania represents the horror of the Right - a series of coalition governments involving the Greens.
Daniel Flitton A simple equation outlines our nation's place in the world.
Aden Ridgeway I was born when Aboriginal people did not have the vote.
Trevor Grant Michael Atherton is a former captain of the England cricket team and now a skilled writer and commentator on the game. He is also a man of conscience.
Tim Soutphommasane Australians have added too little to the global marketplace of ideas.
Andrew Darby It might be funny if it wasn't serious. Britain has stamped oversize boots on Antarctica, to the fury of others.
Peter Hartcher Malaysia's decision to ban an Australian independent senator, Nick Xenophon, tells us a good deal about the state of its government, the world's longest-ruling outside the communist world, as it...
Britain's Parliament has just approved gay marriage. And US President Barack Obama alluded to it in his inauguration speech.
Ross Gittins Like most, I believe in democracy. But I also believe in capitalism, and though the two have usually been seen in the West as a good fit, of late I'm having doubts.
Tim Soutphommasane There are too few Asian-Australians in the rooms that matter.
David Wroe THE Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, has flagged in the clearest terms yet that Australia will deepen its long-term involvement in the United States' strategic ''pivot'' to Asia by boosting the role...
Philip Lynch Australia should commit to using its seat on the United Nations Security Council to promote and protect human rights around the world.
Katharine Murphy The American election campaign is a guide to our own coming contest.
Peter Hartcher Whenever foreign policy enters Australian public debate, a sort of snide smart-alec attitude is never far behind.
Peter Hartcher THE Gillard government's white paper doesn't tell us a thing about Asia that hasn't already been rehashed endlessly in a thousand conferences and a million research papers. But that's OK.