Region-India and South Asia

Australians open their homes to international students left destitute by the coronavirus shutdown

Thousands of international students in Australia have been left without work and government support during the coronavirus crisis. Many will at least be offered a welcoming home thanks to hundreds of generous Australians. Read More

Asia Stories | Taking the Long Road with Caitlin Byrne

Taking the long road with Caitlin Byrne - Caitlin shares with us her journey through research and diplomatic practice in this episode of Asia Stories. Read More

Regional wrap

Griffith Asia Institute, Regional Wrap by Aakritit Bachhawat. Aus takes principled stand against Chinese economic coercion US leads push to restructure global supply chains India-Aus plan 'virtual' bilateral summit Read More

Autocrats are finding democratic facades hard to keep up

Covid19 is making dictatorship clearer as faking credible elections gets harder. Lee Morgenbesser from Griffith University shares his insights Read More

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


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