2019

One belt, one road, many tests

The eyes of the world are on Asia and the Pacific islands as never before. This is where the world’s main dramas are being played… Read More

Reflections on Pakistan’s rural economy in the wake of the government’s agreement with the IMF

YAN ISLAM | I was recently invited by the Pakistan Office of the ILO, based in Islamabad, to support the work of one… Read More

Engaging the Koreas on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Wait! I know that isn’t a sexy title. But the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals for 2030, adopted in 2015,… Read More

Floating farms of Bangladesh: A home-grown strategy to adapt to climate change

YAN ISLAM | Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate change. Flooding regularly affects about 1 million people. One prediction is that by 2050… Read More

Regional wrap

The past fortnight saw plenty of action in the Indo-Pacific. The most relevant, from an Australian perspective, was news that China may be leasing… Read More

Queensland China Dialogue

As the strategic dynamics of the Asia Pacific change, maintaining Queensland’s global outlook and connections with the neighbourhood has never been more vital. China is… Read More

Culture of China puts emphasis on international harmony

COLIN MACKERRAS | In 1964, I was privileged to attend the National Day parade to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the People’s Republic… Read More

Exchange rate volatility and trade in Papua New Guinea

MESON TUMSOK, JEN-JE SU, TARLOK SINGH AND PARMENDRA SHARMA | Since the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system of fixed… Read More

Quality infrastructure and natural disaster resiliency

Extreme disasters have become more frequent in recent years, with some observers believing that this effect is partially due to climate change. Although fewer… Read More

Australia’s key foreign, economic and development issues from a Queensland perspective

The 2019 State of the Neighbourhood report, launched in conjunction with CEDA’s ‘The Neighbourhood Forum’ in Brisbane on 11 October, draws on expertise from the… Read More


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