March, 2019

Singapore’s careful F-35 fighter aircraft purchase

Singapore has finally decided to acquire four F-35 aircraft with options for eight more, initially for evaluation purposes. The purchase appears… Read More

Regional wrap

There are certain world events that mark a before and after for how we regard some phenomena. Far-right extremism and mass shootings weren’t on the… Read More

Myanmar’s intelligence apparatus since the fall of General Khin Nyunt in 2004

In 2003, Myanmar was described as one of the most tightly controlled dictatorships in the world. The main instrument used by the military regime to… Read More

Taking transitional justice to Cambodia’s youth

Like young people the world over, the youth of Cambodia are glued to their mobile phones. They sit in cafes and bars, order food from… Read More

The source of Xi Jinping’s extraordinary power

Speech by Rowan Callick at the China Studies Centre, Melbourne University, March 14 2019 Xi Jinping has become the most powerful person in the world. Read More

“They are us”: Ardern’s leadership in the face of crisis

“They are us.” The words that New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern chose to express her condolences to the victims of last Friday’s Christchurch… Read More

Symposium on lessons from the Global Financial Crisis

On 7 March Griffith Asia Institute’s APEC Study Centre co-hosted, with the Economic Society of Australia, a symposium at Ship Inn on Lessons from the… Read More

Regional wrap

Intellectual discourse during the last fortnight focused heavily on the events and outcomes of the preceding one; several questions remain unanswered in the aftermath of… Read More

The impact of the Kashmir crisis on the Indian election

These words, spoken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to Ahmedabad this week, show clear parallels to a famous … Read More

Inaugural Witoelar Dialogue: Deepening regional cooperation on climate change and sustainable development

The inaugural ‘Witoelar Dialogue’ was held on Thursday, 7 March bringing diplomats, policy officials and influencers together in conversation about deepening regional cooperation on climate… Read More