March, 2018

Justice for the Rohingya: Aung San Suu Kyi as saint or sinner?

Imagine Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi resigns, goes into exile, and apologises for her conduct after the Rohingya massacre. Would this improve the… Read More

Biggles in Burma: Giving boys what they want

When British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quoted the poem ‘Mandalay’ during a visit to Myanmar in early 2017, to the obvious discomfort of the British… Read More

Why New Delhi welcomes a can-do Canberra

Over the last few years, the emerging closeness between India and Australia has often made news, but such enthusiasm has been, at times, short-lived. However,… Read More

Regional wrap

The most-talked about development, this fortnight, is the significant diplomatic coup pulled off by Kim Jong Un in getting Donald Trump to agree to his… Read More

China’s new central bank governor will have to deal with massive debt and an ambitious economic agenda

The Chinese government has appointed a new head of its central bank. Yi Gang, currently the deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, will take… Read More

Pathways from pariah for Myanmar and North Korea

Myanmar and North Korea were Asia’s pariahs. Both countries emerged from colonial rule to face immediate and existential security threats. Myanmar feared that internal insurgents… Read More

Why Trump’s tariffs will have little impact on Australia and a trade war is unlikely

US President Donald Trump has levied a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminiumimported from all countries except Canada and Mexico. Trump had … Read More

Moon quietly in the centre

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been steering his foreign policy through narrow gaps and around tricky obstacles during his first nine months, like a… Read More

Regional wrap

The most important development this fortnight, and indeed this year, is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s effective assumption of a dictatorship through the passage of… Read More

Japan’s engagement in China’s Belt and Road initiative

Tokyo’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative enables Japan to seek greater business opportunities. However, to reap the greatest benefits, there are a… Read More