Asia Insights is published by the Griffith Asia Institute. It offers latest commentary on Asia-Pacific affairs and aims to inform and foster academic scholarship, public awareness and considered and responsive policy making.

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It’s dangerous to indulge Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s latest missile test is part of a broader strategy to showcase the growing reach of its weapons of mass destruction. This highly destabilising… Read More


The fallen idol: Aung San Suu Kyi and the politics of personality

Myanmar studies have always attracted strong views. Particularly since 1988 there has been a history of polemics, biased reporting and emotive commentary. Some scholars and… Read More

Training program on water governance for Lao officials

During September, fifteen Lao nationals from the Faculty of Water Resources, National University of Laos and the Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources… Read More

A midnight crackdown in Cambodia

Aided by Chinese support and U.S. indifference, the government has moved to ensure complete dominance ahead of the 2018 elections. The recent arrest, jailing, and… Read More

A big step back for Myanmar

It is always difficult to know exactly what is happening in Myanmar, particularly when eye-witness accounts and reliable reports are dismissed by the Naypyidaw government… Read More

Limiting China’s future strategic predominance

Mr Peter Varghese AO, recently retired Department of Foreign Affairs head, has laid out his vision of a possible new regional order.  The order… Read More

Doklam, the diplomacy of anger, and the Sino-Indian standoff

The ten-week standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, in territory disputed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Bhutan, was finally concluded on… Read More

A Contested Asia: What comes after US strategic predominance?

2017 Griffith Asia Lecture by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 6 September 2017 I would like to begin by commending… Read More

Explainer: how international competition affects how much you earn

Low wages growth has been a spectre hanging around the Australian economy for some time. In our series What We Earn we unpick the causes for… Read More

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are not unstoppable

North Korea has the initiative. It is flying rockets over Japan, it claims to have mounted a hydrogen bomb on to an inter-continental ballistic… Read More

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