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.

Current insights

US-China competition is all about us

We are not entering a new Cold War, despite both Chinese President Xi and US Vice-President Pence finding the term a… Read More


Steady but slow in Australia-Japan security cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to Darwin was rightly billed as historic and “deeply symbolic”. It also delivered some… Read More

With G20 Trump-Xi talks in balance, three benefits for China and one big risk

US President Donald Trump is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday after the G20 forum, to discuss ways to end US-China trade hostilities over… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed the most coherent manifestation of what’s being touted as the new cold war between the US and China that is likely… Read More

Insights on ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific with Dr Marty Natalegawa

The Griffith Asia Institute was delighted to host a visit by Marty Natalegawa, former foreign minister to Indonesia, to Australia to deliver the 2018… Read More

Trampling the grass: China-US leadership competition

As the APEC Summit showed, China-US competition will progressively revise the international system. Middle powers and smaller states alike will be continually called upon to… Read More

It’s time to fill Asia’s arms control void

Asia urgently needs new diplomatic initiatives aimed at reducing nuclear dangers and preventing arms racing in the region. There’s a glaring gap between the ambitious… Read More

The daughter: A political biography of Aung San Suu Kyi (Book review)

Few figures in modern history have attracted as much biographical attention as Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Griffith… Read More

Silence on Xinjiang from Muslim-majority countries

With few exceptions, Muslim-majority countries are complying with China’s demand to extradite Chinese Muslims who have fled China’s north-western Xinjiang province. While China views its… Read More

Why health diplomacy in the Asia Pacific matters

Pandemics and the outbreak of serious infectious diseases have seen global health security rise to the forefront of Asia Pacific domestic and foreign policy over… Read More

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