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Indonesia's COVID-19 surge: contradictions and criticism
Indonesia’s latest COVID-19 surge has piled pressure on the Widodo government, which, as Max Lane of the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute writes, is under pressure to reconsider some form of lockdown to rein in the spread of the coronavirus.
Sexual violence, conflict and COVID-19: An invisible pandemic
The marking of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is a reminder of a pervasive threat to communities caught up in the many small wars and internal conflicts that plague the world. As Vincent Ochilet writes, it is a problem that besets many of our near neighbours in the Pacific and Asia.
An Olympic-size COVID risk
With Japan's vaccination program lagging behind US and European efforts and less than 40 days until the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga is under intense public pressure to deliver a successful Games without further increasing COVID case numbers, writes Takatoshi Ito.
Are the rich democracies singing in tune over China and the World?
The weekend’s G7 summit produced grounds for modest celebration – the United States and its allies were again singing the same tune. But as former diplomat John McCarthy writes the world’s rich democracies, including Australia, have much work to do to restore the value of the liberal political brand.
COVID-19 vaccines and the US national interest
Leading international political scholar and adviser to the US government Joseph Nye calls for a Marshall Plan-style program to ensure COVID vaccines reach the world's poor.