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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Banking efficiency in Pacific Island countries

Policy makers and researchers have long been interested in the cost, productive, allocative, operational and other efficiencies of industries.  For a number of reasons—including the… Read More


Realigning the Australian Army

The Australian Army is spending up big, announcing a $5.2bn contract for more than 200 Boxers (armoured reconnaissance vehicles from Rheinmetall, as… Read More

The power of the powerless: Ending sexual violence as a weapon of war

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege in recognition of their personal struggles to end the use of sexual… Read More

“The tenth man” — War’s changing nature in an AI world

There’s a debate underway about the nature of war. Some say it’s immutable, others say hogwash; ironically both sides quote Clausewitz for support. Read More

Climate change, at the frontlines

When Pacific island leaders gathered in Nauru this month, they issued a security declaration affirming climate change as the “single greatest threat” to the region. Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight was marked by an escalation of tensions between the US and China in various domains. A US navy reportedly had an… Read More

China’s international influence

China under Xi no longer looks to Soviet or Western models, but exudes confidence in its own model. This article is the last in a… Read More

A quest for joint prestige: Rethinking the US-China rivalry

No one can deny the inevitable competition between the United States and China in the international system, as we can see from the escalating trade… Read More

Xi’s economic challenge

In a week dominated by concerns about the escalating US-China trade war, how vulnerable is China’s economy? It is in double trouble if the economy… Read More

Myanmar’s Intelligence State

Both Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and the armed forces know that their survival is threatened more by disunity and domestic instability than by any… Read More

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