December, 2019

Pragmatism, politics and the rise of China

It was a lively evening recently at Hurricane’s, the new Australian ribs joint in Beijing, with pin-up snowboarder Scotty James charming a large crowd of… Read More

Foreigners, fighting and phaleristics: Military medals in British Burma

It has been said that a country’s culture is a window unto its soul. With this in mind, it has become commonplace for scholars to… Read More

From Brisbane to Bougainville: A personal reflection on the referendum

Hope comes from within every one of us and it is the greatest motivation one could ever find. The role hope played in the referendum… Read More

Partners on the journey in 2019

2019 Asia Future Fellow, Mark Batakin reminded us recently of an old Chinese proverb: ‘He who returns from a journey is not the same… Read More

Regional wrap

The last month of this year, and this decade, has so far been a troubling one. From extensive bush-fires and thick smoke choking large… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Bougainville votes for independence The results of the Bougainville referendum were announced last week. After two weeks of polling, verification and counting proceeded smoothly… Read More

Why is the elephant indifferent?

Nepal’s former foreign minister Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa has drawn an interesting analogy around Indo-Nepal border disputes. Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa In a recent … Read More

Climate adaptation and businesses: The case for private sector leadership in the Asia Pacific

Why climate risk management matters for businesses Climate change adaptation is often described as a local issue and therefore the responsibility of local governments and… Read More

Aung San Suu Kyi: Why defend the indefensible?

This week, the world was treated to an extraordinary sight. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner once hailed as “the… Read More

Who is driving the Pacific agenda?

Background The Pacific region is currently the focus of attention by Pacific rim powers mainly concerned about their own security and economic prospects.  The geopolitical… Read More