November, 2019

The state of the step-up: Australia’s engagement with the Pacific

Since winning the election in May 2019, Scott Morrison has maintained his categorical statement that the Pacific islands region is ‘front and centre of Australia’s… Read More

The power of the ballot box

The remarkable people of Hong Kong — long written off by outsiders as conformists focused on turning a buck — keep confounding the stereotypes. With… Read More

South Pacific Central Banking Research Conference and Regional Policy Dialogue

The 2019 Griffith-SPCB annual conference held in Port Vila in November brought together South Pacific central bank researchers to share current research on the region with… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Voting commences in the Bougainville referendum Voting in the Bougainville referendum commenced on November 23rd. The voting period will run for two weeks,… Read More

Nepal’s border pains: burning effigies of Modi and Xi

Earlier this week, some agitated Nepalese youths poured onto streeets and burnt effigies of Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping – executive heads of two neighboring… Read More

Perspectives:Asia | Bold, Simple or Dumb: Australia’s economic engagement with Asia

Dr Stephanie Fahey, CEO, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) spoke at the 14 November 2019, Perspectives:Asia talk. With the global trade environment… Read More

Nuclear deterrence and the US–Australia alliance

Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington two weeks ago, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds affirmed Australia’s readiness to play a more active role… Read More

Return of the Rajapaksas: Sri Lanka elects Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its next President

On 17 November 2019, former Defence Chief and brother of the former two-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the Sri Lankan presidential election… Read More

Reinterpreting Australia’s historic engagement with Asia

Commonwealth Responsibility and Cold War Solidarity (ANU Press, 2019) challenges the orthodoxy that genuine Australian engagement with Asia began only in the 1980s. In this… Read More

Australia’s F-35s: Lessons from a problematic purchase

It suddenly seems the Air Force needs major recapitalisation, just as its force structure is being renewed at considerable cost. In a… Read More