October, 2017

Achieving the China dream or facing a minsky moment: China after the 19th party congress

While the 19th party congress confirmed President Xi Jinping’s grip of power at the top echelon of the political system, the newly minted leadership team faces… Read More

Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific: The digital challenge

Griffith Asia Institute (GAI), in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), hosted the second annual Brisbane Roundtable on “Diplomacy… Read More

Reading between the lines of North Korea’s letter

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly has been busy sending open letters to various foreign parliaments. Our letter seems specifically… Read More

Other peoples’ air power: Air superiority without fast jets

Say ‘air superiority’ and people instinctively think of highly manoeuvrable aircraft, silk-scarfed fighter pilots, the Battle of Britain and perhaps Top Gun. That is all… Read More

Professor Emeritus Russell Trood

Professor Emeritus Russell Trood first joined Griffith University in 1991. As Director of the Griffith Asia Institute from 2015-2016 and as Director of Griffith’s Centre… Read More

On a Trumpian track for the next Middle East war

In some respects, US President Donald Trump and the Iranian theocratic regime deserve each other. Neither respect international agreements, except when it suits their purposes. Read More

Commentary: Trump’s Iran decision hurts chance of a North Korea deal

Donald Trump’s undermining of the Iran nuclear deal only shrinks US options for dealing with North Korea. The US president’s decertification of Tehran’s compliance will… Read More

Populism, globalisation and the failure of elites

Sam Roggeveen argues that the real challenge to globalisation and openness and immigration is not cultural (popular prejudice and so on) but political. Similarly, … Read More

Belt and Road: The case for ‘wait and see’

Nick Bisley is right to call for a clearer – and I would add more confident – Australian strategy towards China. But should this involve signing… Read More

India’s growth slowdown: Reflections of the Reserve Bank

India’s recent growth slowdown has elicited a lively national discussion – see here, for example. It was reinforced by a scathing op-ed by Yashwant Sinha,… Read More