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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

Culture of China puts emphasis on international harmony

In 1964, I was privileged to attend the National Day parade to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China’s founding. This year,… 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

Do inflation expectations matter for small, open economies? Empirical evidence from the Solomon Islands

Assessing inflation expectations as early and as precisely as possible for appropriate, proper and timely action has traditionally been a primary role of central banks… Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Professor Nancy Viviani AO
Reflections on press freedom as a pillar of democracy
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 1 December

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