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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The role of democratic governance in improving transparency and accountability of multinational enterprise in resource-rich countries

In achieving the right regulatory paradigm to promote effective governance for the multinational enterprises in resource rich countries, and more specifically on the mining and… Read More


There are more foreign firms than we think!

Conventions for how we define things are of fundamental importance. Sometimes, however, we forget to question these conventions. The case at hand is the definition… Read More

Regional wrap

Power politics, trade wars and a humanitarian rescue mission dominated headlines in the Asia Pacific region over the course of the last fortnight. The most… Read More

The Trump-Kim summit and US bilateral relations in North East Asia: An Australian perspective

Donald Trump’s disruptive impact on US alliance management was exemplified by two sets of public comments earlier in June 2018. The president’s public condemnation of… Read More

The rise of armed unmanned aircraft

Editorial note: In the first of a two-part article, Dr Peter Layton explores the evolution of the armed unmanned aircraft from its first use in… Read More

Mai Tai diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific

It’s Mai Tai time again for many of the world’s navies and some air forces. The month-long, biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)… Read More

After Marawi: Advancing Australia–Philippines strategic relations

Last week, the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation and the Griffith Asia Institute co-hosted a Philippines–Australia Track II dialogue in Manila, focusing… Read More

Indonesia’s government debt ahead of 2019 presidential election: A real economic concern?

The increasing level of Indonesia’s government debt has become a hot topic ahead of the 2019 presidential election. The central government debt has increased by… Read More

Regional wrap

Last fortnight, countries in the Indo-Pacific region, as elsewhere, were absorbed in trying to make sense of the June 12th Singapore Summit between US President… Read More

Griffith Asia Institute Seminar – Urban Housing Challenges in China

Tuesday 5 June 2018, Griffith Asia Institute Seminar, Urban Housing Challenges in China  On 5 June 2018, Dr Zhi Liu, Director of Peking University – Lincoln Institute Centre… Read More

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