May, 2019

India election: National security helped ‘watchman’ Narendra Modi win, but major challenges loom

India’s recent election campaign was overshadowed by a suicide bombing in Kashmir, retaliatory air strikes against alleged terrorist targets a few days later, and then an … Read More

Modi’s second term: What it means for the South Pacific

The Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Narendra Modi has secured his second term as India’s Prime Minister with a landslide victory in the 2019 general elections. Read More

After Modi’s election win, what’s next for India in the Indo-Pacific?

At the start of 2019, it looked unlikely that Narendra Modi would lead his Bharatiya Janata Party to a win in India’s general election. Economic… Read More

Regional wrap

The Indo-Pacific region was witness to some stunning developments last fortnight, with the re-election of Australia’s conservative government, defying numerous opinion polls, stealing the show. Read More

Lest we forget the post-election reality: ‘per capita recession’ and the Australian economy

‘I have always believed in miracles’ proclaimed a clearly overjoyed Scott Morrison, as he is poised to continue his Prime Ministership after his party won… Read More

Taking stock of Xi’s new narrative for Asia

Last week, China’s President Xi Jinping delivered a landmark speech, centred on the significance of Asian civilizations and affirming his aspiration for China—under his rule—to… Read More

Time to focus on foreign policy for the sake of Australia’s future

Australians face a set of decisions in foreign policy arguably more important to us than any national decisions since the Second World War, writes John… Read More

Hun Sen’s natural bilateral “bestie”

On the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum in China last month, Cambodia’s Hun Sen was busy. He secured a further $90 million… Read More

Australia’s chance to get back in the conversation

Chances are that the people at Free TV were quite relieved to hear that if Senator Penny Wong is Australia’s next foreign minister, she will… Read More

Myanmar: Pariah status no bar to defence modernisation

Despite criticisms, sanctions and embargoes, Myanmar is strengthening military ties with neighbours and friends. It has been more than two years since military “clearance operations” against… Read More