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Letter from Japan

Alexander Downer

Letter from Japan

It's one thing to understand history; another thing to be its prisoner.

Letter from the North

Alexander Downer

Letter from the North

It’s a strange thing about Australians: they don’t have a strong sense of the sheer size of their country. Australia, for the record, is huge.

Letter From Mali

Alexander Downer

Letter From Mali

I met a French ambassador recently. “Congratulations”, I gushed. “You have shown great courage and leadership in Mali.” He graciously thanked me and then tried to persuade me Australia should…

Letter from Europe

Alexander Downer

Letter from Europe

This summer my reading included a stunning new history of the causes of the First World War called The Sleepwalkers, written by the Cambridge based historian Christopher Clark.

Letter from Tokyo

Alexander Downer

Letter from Tokyo

I often bore people with my list of the 10 cities you have to see before you die. Cities like Rome and Paris, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro, New York…

Letter from Dubai

Alexander Downer

Letter from Dubai

The other day I caught the new direct flight from Adelaide to Dubai. I arrived, Dubai time, at 5am in the morning fresh and lively having had a nine-hour sleep…

Letter from New York

Alexander Downer

Letter from New York

Four days after Australia was successfully elected to the Security Council for a two-year term I was in New York myself for consultations with the Secretary General and other United…

Letter from Cyprus

Alexander Downer

Letter from Cyprus

Frankly, I’ve been shocked by the violence of the reaction. To kill the American Ambassador to Libya because some screwball in America made an offensive film is a terrible thing.…

Letter from Beijing

Alexander Downer

Letter from Beijing

The first time I visited China I was a bag carrier for the then Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser. It was August 1982. Frankly, the place was forbidding. There were few…

Letter from America

Alexander Downer

Letter from America

Talk about a miscalculation. I was in New York on UN business recently and found myself at a spare end for the weekend.

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