Topic-Economies and development

The economic consequences of COVID-19: For the first time in 60 years, growth is expected to be zero in the Asian region

The Asian region, which includes some of the most dynamic economies in the world and accounts for more than 60% of the global population, is facing zero growth for the first time in 60 years. The region has endured the oil crisis and stock market crash in the early 1970s, the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 as well as the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 without suffering a region-wide recession, although a number of countries experienced negative growth. Read More

Regional wrap

- Australia leads calls to review the WHO's functioning - Sino-US tensions escalate in the South China Sea - India tightens crucial foreign investment policy Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Vanuatu has a new government Vanuatu has a new government. The Parliament sat on April 20th, a month after… Read More

Unpacking governance and democracy in the Asia Pacific

The recently published book Governance and Democracy in the Asia-Pacific: Political and Civil Society, explores the theoretical and empirical relationship between democracy and governance in the Asia-Pacific region. The book addresses a major theoretical problem and a gap in the academic and policy related literature on governance and democracy in the Asia-Pacific region. Multilateral institutions, international NGOs, and many in the academic community have operated with some doubtful assumptions. Read More

25 years of the Mekong River Commission: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Last week marked the 25th anniversary since Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam signed the Mekong Agreement to develop and protect the Southeast Asia’s most important river, the mighty yet troubled Mekong River. This provides an opportunity to review the historical developments of the inter-governmental organisation, its key challenges and achievements, and look ahead. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 15 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Impacts of Tropical Cyclone Harold The impacts of Tropical Cyclone Harold are being felt in four countries across the… Read More

Regional wrap

US passes Taipei Act -China's fresh adventurism in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait- India's lockdown threatens a humanitarian crisis Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Tropical Cyclone Harold in the region On top of dealing with the impacts of Covid-19, the arrival of… Read More

Emerging disease and emerging economies: The capacity of Pacific health systems in the face of COVID-19

How will Pacific Island and Territories respond to the global pandemic, Covid19. Read More

Shifting electricity generation from non-renewable to renewable sources in Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s National Energy Road Map (NERM) 2016-2030 lists targets and objectives that the Government, through the Department of Energy (DoE), considers essential for overall… Read More


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