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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.

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July 23, 2014

China to Join Military Exercises in Australia

By Kevin Placek
Chinese troops are scheduled to train on Australian soil for the first time.
July 17, 2014

Will Australia Adopt An Emissions Trading Scheme?

By Kevin Placek
Just as the government drops the carbon tax, another climate change policy idea is resurrected.

July 14, 2014

Australian Senate Sets Back Abbott’s Policy Agenda

By Kevin Placek
The upper house of Australia’s parliament is in the spotlight as it thwarts key Liberal Party policies.

July 09, 2014

Australia and Japan’s ‘Special Relationship'

By Kevin Placek
Abe’s visit looks set to bolster bilateral ties on both the economic and defense fronts.

July 07, 2014

Julie Bishop’s Forward-Looking Trip to Myanmar

By Kevin Placek
Australia has been stepping up its engagement with the emerging Southeast Asian country.
July 03, 2014

Australia’s G20 Opportunity

By Kevin Placek
Australia is setting a growth agenda for the upcoming Brisbane G20 Summit. Can it deliver?

June 28, 2014

An Australia-China FTA in 2014?

By Kevin Placek
The two governments appear to be moving closer to agreement on several key issues.
June 22, 2014

Australia’s ‘New Aid Paradigm’

By Kevin Placek
Australia’s foreign minister seeks to redefine the nature and direction of the country’s aid policy.

June 18, 2014

Australia and Chinese Investment

By Kevin Placek
How big an investor in Australia is China, really?

June 11, 2014

Abbott in Awkward Spot on Climate Change

By Kevin Placek
Australia increasingly looks out of step with the international community ahead of the upcoming G20 summit.

June 09, 2014

Australia: Mending Ties With Indonesia

By Kevin Placek
While Abbott and Yudhoyono take the first steps in repairing frayed relations.
June 03, 2014

Australia in China’s Century

By Kevin Placek
Australian government and business leaders gather to discuss the country’s growing interests in China.

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