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The UN resolution on global happiness: An Asian perspective

Bhutan, a small, land-locked Asian country, became one of the first, if not the first, in the world to dethrone GDP and enshrine ‘Gross National… Read More

Bangladesh at 50: South Asia’s ‘standout star’?

Early this year, Bangladesh celebrated its 50th year as an independent nation. ‘The country was born’, writes Bloomberg columnist Mihir Sharma, ‘amid famine and war;… Read More

Return to Empire: Belarus surrenders its sovereignty

The decision by Alexander Lukashenka’s autocratic government to force a Ryan Air passenger jet to land in Minsk – so that it could arrest… Read More

Don’t blame us, it’s Beijing forcing a new world order

The public discussion about Australia-China relations has taken such a toxic turn in recent months that some of our savviest and most sound China experts… Read More

Unprecedented is not a reason to be unprepared

With the Oceania region ranked as the greatest disaster risk area worldwide, Peter Layton says countries need to improve their responses to crises and disasters as unprecedented times may call for unprecedented solutions. Read More

Coping with COVID-19: The perilous case of vaccine inequality

The Lancet Commission has urged the global community that rapid vaccination on a global scale is essential in tempering and, finally, prevailing over COVID-19. This in… Read More

The coup in Myanmar

It is always difficult to know what is happening inside Myanmar, and developments relating to the country’s armed forces (known as the Tatmadaw) are even… Read More

Best Biden bide his time on China

Democracies usually get out of a pickle by changing their government and starting afresh. In 2021 the Biden Administration will get to work on reviving… Read More

The China connection

Since March 2020 the world has been in the grip of an intensifying COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented event raises a series of pertinent issues about… Read More

Encourage foreign investment to spur recovery

Social distancing restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 Crisis (the “CVC”) caused Australia’s worst recession since the 1930s—an experience shared by economies worldwide. With… Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Shifting electricity generation from non-renewable to renewable sources in Vanuatu
COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines
Gender based violence in Papua New Guinea

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