January, 2019

Year of the pig 2019

This year the Chinese New Year falls on 5 February. Traditionally, the Chinese go by the lunar calendar. The first day of the year in… Read More

Will Indonesia act to end legal child marriage?

It’s hoped a ruling last month by the country’s Constitutional Court (MK) will lead to an end to child marriage in Indonesia where one in… Read More

Supernatural beliefs in today’s China

A recent Global Times article  states that the disciplinary authority of the Xiamen Communist Party branch will pursue members who believe in ghosts and supernatural… Read More

Why the Quad won’t ever be an Asian NATO

The most recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore last November suggests that the US,… Read More

Not-so-new silk roads: Japan’s foreign policies on Asian connectivity infrastructure under the radar

CAREC may have a little known history as a prototype for the Belt and Road Initiative. The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC) was… Read More

Whence Korean denuclearization

North Korea’s state-owned news agency ran a wire story with tremendous significance just before Christmas, making clear that unilateral denuclearization is not going to happen. Read More

Understanding the climate change challenge: Lessons from the Pacific

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) leads Griffith University’s research into climate change adaptation and mitigation. As climate change issues cut across many… Read More

Can the Quad navigate the complexities of a dynamic Indo-Pacific?

The past year has seen the revival of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a mechanism which enables dialogue between four major democracies within the Indo-Pacific region,… Read More

Taiwan and South Korea head in different directions

The rise of conservatism and the challenges for liberalism in two Asian economies Current global trends indicate that conservatism is gaining momentum over liberalism. Trump-led… Read More

Australia should brace for a volatile year in foreign policy in 2019

By the end of 2019 we should be able to assess how Australia is travelling with the grand plan laid out in the 2017 Foreign… Read More