Region-Indonesia and South East Asia

People love pandas but what’s really behind China’s panda diplomacy?

CAITLIN BYRNE | There is no question, the world loves China’s giant pandas. The enigmatic, reserved herbivores evoke goodwill wherever they travel. With numbers… Read More

Advancing foreign investment in APEC

TONY MAKIN | Since the early 1990s, international trade growth has persistently eclipsed foreign investment growth in the Asia-Pacific. Over this time Asia-Pacific… Read More

Indonesia records its highest increase in COVID cases – and numbers are likely to rise again before they fall

DICKY BUDIMAN | Indonesia is currently experiencing a massive spike in COVID-19 infection and deaths, as experts (including myself) have unfortunately been predicting. The… Read More

Myanmar: No light on the horizon

ANDREW SELTH | Predicting Myanmar’s future has always been a risky business. It opened up to academics, journalists and others after the abortive 1988… Read More

COVID-19 and a coup: Blockage of internet and social media access further exacerbate gender-based violence risks for women in Myanmar

On 1 February 2021, Myanmar’s military seized control of the country and detained State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint,… Read More

The inclusive institutional balancing of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation

Among the internal players in the Mekong region, Thailand is the most powerful and the most proactive. In contrast, Vietnam does not have a Vietnamese-led… Read More

Supporting the victims of sexual violence in Myanmar

Conflict-related sexual violence has been a feature of fighting in Myanmar for decades – a crime explicitly singled out by the UN Secretary General since … Read More

International Criminal Court increasing its focus on the Asia Pacific

Government data suggests that at least 8663 thousand people (possibly triple that number) have been killed by police and other groups in the… Read More

Australia’s closed border is costing the economy $36.5 million a day

Australia doesn’t expect to reopen its international borders until well into 2022. The border has been closed since March 2020. That decision has been instrumental… Read More

South East Asia Snapshot #13

A fortnightly snapshot of what’s making headlines in South East Asia. Philippines and China hold talks over South China Sea The Philippines and China recently… Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
The Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)’ early advocacy on climate and security at the United Nations
Monetary policy transmission in PNG
Gender based violence in Papua New Guinea

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