Cold war, soft diplomacy

As the Cold War intensified in the mid fifties, Australia saw a special role for itself in disseminating information and propaganda in Southeast Asia, writes Alan Fewster

14 Jan 14 | Comments (2)

“When I forget, I’m well. Remembering, even now, I just go crazy”

Does the equation that infuses the work of truth commissions – that more memory equals more reconciliation – always meet the needs of people affected by widespread violence? Klaus Neumann reviews two new books about communities recovering from conflict

23 Dec 13 | Comments (1)

Australia’s Jakarta phone-tapping: was it illegal?

Alison Pert looks at the domestic and international legality of phone-tapping and espionage

27 Nov 13 | Comments (1)

Typhoon Haiyan: a tale of two responses

Solidarity filled the gap left by a rudderless government, writes Ronald D. Holmes

25 Nov 13 | Comments (0)

The very heart of history

Three biographies reveal twentieth-century Australians in the thick of things, writes Frank Bongiorno

15 Nov 13 | Comments (5)

A moment when everything seemed possible

David G. Marr describes the genesis of his new book, a detailed look at a turning point in modern Vietnamese history

10 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

Haris Ibrahim and the growing Malaysian diaspora

The Malaysian activist was due in Australia this week to speak in three cities and meet members of the large Malaysian community here, writes Gerhard Hoffstaedter. The decision to refuse him a visa should be reversed

30 Sep 13 | Comments (0)

Casey, the dirt boys and the grey material

A cross-dressing MI6 agent and a shadowy British anti-communist propaganda outfit were key players in the development of Australia’s cold war “soft diplomacy” program. More than fifty years later, as Alan Fewster reports, elements of their legacy remain

02 Sep 13 | Comments (0)