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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

Asia Pacific 2020 economic outlook

Australia’s Asia-Pacific neighbourhood has remained the main growth engine of the world economy this year, which also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of… Read More

Developing lifelong friendship and connections: 2019 Asia Future Fellows program

The Asia Future Fellows program is a unique and invaluable experience that brings together students from both Griffith University and Peking University to… Read More

Chile will not host APEC and COP-25 amidst social uprising

Chile’s refusal to host the APEC and COP-25 summits is indicative of wider systemic issues plaguing the Latin American country. On 30 October 2019, Chilean… Read More

India’s clever alliances with island states

As India struggles to manage China’s economic and diplomatic influence in its immediate neighbourhood, it has recently made progress in building more robust ties with… Read More

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

I was recently invited by the Pakistan Office of the ILO, based in Islamabad, to support the work of one of the agencies within the… 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

Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate change. Flooding regularly affects about 1 million people. One prediction is that by 2050 about 20 percent of the… 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

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