August, 2018

Perspectives:Asia | Asia’s reckoning: The rise of China in Asia, America and Australia.

Richard McGregor, senior fellow for East Asia at the Lowy Institute explored the complex and fractious relationship between the US and China and its influence on… Read More

Two decades of economic growth benefited only the richest 20%. How severe is inequality in Indonesia?

A World Bank report in 2015 rang alarm bells for Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Despite Indonesia managing to more than halve its poverty rate since 1999, inequality… Read More

Finding Australia’s soft power

The former Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop recently launched Australia’s first-ever review of soft power. It’s a bold move, flagging a new reality that… Read More

India still wary of the Quad amid its own China ‘reset’

India has recently been called out for being the weakest link in the revitalised Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a framework for cooperation involving three other… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed the unfolding of dramatic events, turnarounds and some disturbing developments in the Asia Pacific region. The most talked-about development was another… Read More

India as a case of the ‘Billionaire Raj’

James Crabtree, formerly Mumbai bureau chief of the Financial Times, and currently holding a professorial position at the National University of Singapore, has recently released… Read More

Looking at law, ideology and party leadership in Xi Jinping’s China

The July workshop looked at how political ideas translate into legal, social management and security system policy and reform in the Xi Jinping era. Participants… Read More

Financial stability: An assessment of Fiji’s banking sector on a global scale

A large and escalating body of theoretical and empirical literature concludes that finance matters for economic growth and poverty reduction.  When operating effectively, finance works… Read More

Considering the Indo-Pacific and the Blue Pacific

Recent months have seen an intensification of diplomatic activity in the Pacific Ocean, as traditional powers and new friends alike have redoubled their courtship… Read More

Our new model robot armies

Robotic technologies seem set to disrupt warfare in at least two big ways: firstly, in improving productivity making armies equipment-centric; and secondly, in… Read More