October, 2018

Growth and the Padma Bridge: Has the Bangladesh PM got it right?

In a recent statement, the Bangladesh Prime Minister noted that, once the nation’s biggest infrastructure project, known as the multi-purpose Padma Bridge, is fully… Read More

Compulsory voting and ethnic diversity increase invalid voting while corruption does not: An analysis of 417 parliamentary elections in 73 countries

Voting is the most fundamental way for citizens to influence who gets to govern their country. At the same time, voting comes with certain costs… Read More

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