To many observers, the South Pacific today reveals what American decline looks like. Even as U.S. officials have tried to step up their game, they are still far behind.
For Damien Cave's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The likelihood of a significant shift in Australia’s climate policy has suddenly increased after Anthony Albanese led the Labor Party to an election win.
Anthony Albanese won the election with a campaign that was gaffe-prone and light on policy but promised a more decent form of politics, delivering a stark rejection of Scott Morrison.
About two-thirds of the Ukrainian population of 44 million lived in the country's cities — now those cities are the focus of Putin's assault.
The multinational response to the invasion of Ukraine shows that liberalism has some life left. But the challenges posed by waning U.S. power and rising authoritarianism remain formidable.
Overall, most Asians trusted their governments to do the right thing and put the needs of the community over individual freedoms.
All across the Asia-Pacific region, the countries that led the world in containing the coronavirus are now languishing in the race to put it behind them.
Since 2013, the Rev. Rod Bower has used a small billboard outside the Gosford Anglican Church for pithy messages that merge theology with liberal politics.
No democratic country in the world has gone quite so far in restricting movement across its own cities and regions to keep the coronavirus in check.
Nanaia Mahuta's excitement reflects a global desire among progressives for a shift away from the chauvinist, right-wing populism that has shaped the past four years in some countries.