The year ahead 2018

Around the world, the coordinated effort to use social media as a conduit for junk news has fuelled cynicism, increased divisions between citizens and parties, and influenced the broader media agenda. Reuters
The policies of Trump administration committed to putting America first are likely, in Asia at least, to result in America being put last. Photo: Reuters

Kevin Rudd | The Trumping of Asia

4 min read . 01 Jan 2018
Since taking office in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has pursued a large-scale anti-corruption campaign, which constrained and even eliminated potential political rivals, thereby enabling him to consolidate his power swiftly. Photo: Reuters

Minxin Pei | Xi Jinping unbound?

4 min read . 01 Jan 2018
Democracy has a spirit, not just a form; and today’s level of polarization is inconsistent with it. Photo: Bloomberg

Tony Blair | Revolutionary centrism

4 min read . 01 Jan 2018