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Kevin Placek

Kevin Placek

Kevin Placek is a correspondent for The Diplomat’s Oceania blog. His main focus is on Australia’s foreign relations and domestic politics. Kevin previously completed internships at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. and the Diet in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
September 27, 2014
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
After coming under fire for its neglect, the government has a plan. Will it be enough?
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
Terrorist Plot Thwarted in Australia
September 18, 2014
Terrorist Plot Thwarted in Australia
Raids in Sydney have disrupted what authorities say was a plot to carry out terrorist attacks on Australian soil.
Terrorist Plot Thwarted in Australia
Australia Deploys Military Against Islamic State
September 15, 2014
Australia Deploys Military Against Islamic State
The prime minister announces the dispatch of troops and combat aircraft.
Australia Deploys Military Against Islamic State
Australia’s Frustrating Parliament
September 10, 2014
Australia’s Frustrating Parliament
Legislative wrangling has produced frustrating outcomes for all parties.
Australia’s Frustrating Parliament
Australia to Join International Forces in Iraq
September 02, 2014
Australia to Join International Forces in Iraq
Tony Abbott announces that Australia will provide humanitarian aid and equipment.
Australia to Join International Forces in Iraq
Australia’s Economic Diplomacy
August 29, 2014
Australia’s Economic Diplomacy
A sensible sounding policy needs the structure to support it.
Australia’s Economic Diplomacy
Australia’s Fight Against Islamic Extremists
August 22, 2014
Australia’s Fight Against Islamic Extremists
The government is stepping up efforts to deal with both domestic threats and Australian extremists active abroad.
Australia’s Fight Against Islamic Extremists
The Australia-US Alliance Grows Ever Closer
August 15, 2014
The Australia-US Alliance Grows Ever Closer
An annual ministerial-level meeting underscores the growing strength of ties between Washington and Canberra.
The Australia-US Alliance Grows Ever Closer
Are Australia’s Banks Too Big To Fail?
August 11, 2014
Are Australia’s Banks Too Big To Fail?
An inquiry shines the spotlight on Australia’s big four banks.
Are Australia’s Banks Too Big To Fail?
The Pacific Islands Forum Meets in Palau
August 06, 2014
The Pacific Islands Forum Meets in Palau
Can a new leader give the forum some much-needed momentum?
The Pacific Islands Forum Meets in Palau
Is Jokowi’s Victory Good for Australia?
July 30, 2014
Is Jokowi’s Victory Good for Australia?
Canberra may have reason to be hopeful that relations will improve, but there are some concerns.
Is Jokowi’s Victory Good for Australia?
The B20 Summit and Global Trade
July 27, 2014
The B20 Summit and Global Trade
Business leaders hope to influence the G20 on growth and trade ahead of the Brisbane summit.
The B20 Summit and Global Trade
China to Join Military Exercises in Australia
July 23, 2014
China to Join Military Exercises in Australia
Chinese troops are scheduled to train on Australian soil for the first time.
China to Join Military Exercises in Australia
Will Australia Adopt An Emissions Trading Scheme?
July 17, 2014
Will Australia Adopt An Emissions Trading Scheme?
Just as the government drops the carbon tax, another climate change policy idea is resurrected.
Will Australia Adopt An Emissions Trading Scheme?
Australian Senate Sets Back Abbott’s Policy Agenda
July 14, 2014
Australian Senate Sets Back Abbott’s Policy Agenda
The upper house of Australia’s parliament is in the spotlight as it thwarts key Liberal Party policies.
Australian Senate Sets Back Abbott’s Policy Agenda
Australia and Japan’s ‘Special Relationship'
July 09, 2014
Australia and Japan’s ‘Special Relationship'
Abe’s visit looks set to bolster bilateral ties on both the economic and defense fronts.
Australia and Japan’s ‘Special Relationship'
Julie Bishop’s Forward-Looking Trip to Myanmar
July 07, 2014
Julie Bishop’s Forward-Looking Trip to Myanmar
Australia has been stepping up its engagement with the emerging Southeast Asian country.
Julie Bishop’s Forward-Looking Trip to Myanmar
Australia’s G20 Opportunity
July 03, 2014
Australia’s G20 Opportunity
Australia is setting a growth agenda for the upcoming Brisbane G20 Summit. Can it deliver?
Australia’s G20 Opportunity
An Australia-China FTA in 2014?
June 28, 2014
An Australia-China FTA in 2014?
The two governments appear to be moving closer to agreement on several key issues.
An Australia-China FTA in 2014?
Australia’s ‘New Aid Paradigm’
June 22, 2014
Australia’s ‘New Aid Paradigm’
Australia’s foreign minister seeks to redefine the nature and direction of the country’s aid policy.
Australia’s ‘New Aid Paradigm’
Australia and Chinese Investment
June 18, 2014
Australia and Chinese Investment
How big an investor in Australia is China, really?
Australia and Chinese Investment
Abbott in Awkward Spot on Climate Change
June 11, 2014
Abbott in Awkward Spot on Climate Change
Australia increasingly looks out of step with the international community ahead of the upcoming G20 summit.
Abbott in Awkward Spot on Climate Change
Australia: Mending Ties With Indonesia
June 09, 2014
Australia: Mending Ties With Indonesia
While Abbott and Yudhoyono take the first steps in repairing frayed relations.
Australia: Mending Ties With Indonesia
Australia in China’s Century
June 03, 2014
Australia in China’s Century
Australian government and business leaders gather to discuss the country’s growing interests in China.
Australia in China’s Century
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