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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.

Posts by Kevin Placek
September 27, 2014

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

By Kevin Placek
After coming under fire for its neglect, the government has a plan. Will it be enough?

September 18, 2014

Terrorist Plot Thwarted in Australia

By Kevin Placek
Raids in Sydney have disrupted what authorities say was a plot to carry out terrorist attacks on Australian soil.
September 15, 2014

Australia Deploys Military Against Islamic State

By Kevin Placek
The prime minister announces the dispatch of troops and combat aircraft.

September 10, 2014

Australia’s Frustrating Parliament

By Kevin Placek
Legislative wrangling has produced frustrating outcomes for all parties.

September 02, 2014

Australia to Join International Forces in Iraq

By Kevin Placek
Tony Abbott announces that Australia will provide humanitarian aid and equipment.

August 29, 2014

Australia’s Economic Diplomacy

By Kevin Placek
A sensible sounding policy needs the structure to support it.
August 22, 2014

Australia’s Fight Against Islamic Extremists

By Kevin Placek
The government is stepping up efforts to deal with both domestic threats and Australian extremists active abroad.

August 15, 2014

The Australia-US Alliance Grows Ever Closer

By Kevin Placek
An annual ministerial-level meeting underscores the growing strength of ties between Washington and Canberra.

August 11, 2014

Are Australia’s Banks Too Big To Fail?

By Kevin Placek
An inquiry shines the spotlight on Australia’s big four banks.

August 06, 2014

The Pacific Islands Forum Meets in Palau

By Kevin Placek
Can a new leader give the forum some much-needed momentum?

July 30, 2014

Is Jokowi’s Victory Good for Australia?

By Kevin Placek
Canberra may have reason to be hopeful that relations will improve, but there are some concerns.
July 27, 2014

The B20 Summit and Global Trade

By Kevin Placek
Business leaders hope to influence the G20 on growth and trade ahead of the Brisbane summit.

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