Region-India and South Asia

Governments, not pandemics, stop access to reproductive health

In response to the current pandemic, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recommended that states adopt three strategic priorities: provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to sexual and reproductive health care workers so clinics can remain open; continuation of services for gender-based violence as a first response health measure (to supply morning-after pills and treatment of STDs); and prioritising of contraceptive and reproductive health supplies. In short, the UNFPA is asking states to help sexual and reproductive clinics remain open and ensure that they are safe, legal spaces for women to access. Read More

COVID-19 and developing countries: grim predictions of a significant increase in global poverty threaten the attainment of the SDGs

COVID-19 and developing countries: grim predictions of a significant increase in global poverty threaten the attainment of the SDGs Read More

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

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

China’s COVID-19 charm offensive isn’t fooling India

China is cranking up the charm offensive. But that’s not to say that India is buying into the Chinese narrative or that it’s ignorant of Beijing’s real motives. 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

India goes into lock-down to fight COVID-19: Is the cure worse than the disease?

India goes into lock-down to fight COVID-19: Is the cure worse than the disease as desperate migrant workers struggle to get home. Read More

Regional wrap

The past fortnight drove home the rather surreal realisation that we’re living in unprecedented times. Never before, at least in the living memory of today’s… Read More

Part 2 | Indian Ocean Air Power: Extra Regional Air Forces

Peter Layton turns his attention to the extra-regional players: The United States, United Kingdom, and France in this second part of the three-part series,… Read More

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Our research focuses on the trade and business, politics, governance, security, economies and development of the Asia Pacific and their significance for Australia. Griffith University is committed to advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the region.