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

YENNY TJOE  | A World Bank report in 2015 rang alarm bells for Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Despite Indonesia managing to more than halve its… Read More

Finding Australia’s soft power

CAITLIN BYRNE  | The former Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop recently launched Australia’s first-ever review of soft power. It’s a bold move, flagging… 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’

YAN ISLAM | James Crabtree, formerly Mumbai bureau chief of the Financial Times, and currently holding a professorial position at the National University of… 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

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

Our new model robot armies

PETER LAYTON | Robotic technologies seem set to disrupt warfare in at least two big ways: firstly, in improving productivity… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed the enunciation of President Donald Trump’s economic and security vision for the Indo-Pacific. Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,… Read More

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