Topic-Politics

Myanmar: Postage stamps and political signals

A new set of stamps by Myanmar Post again draws controversy over “national races” labels to categorise the population. Myanmar’s former military regime … Read More

The rise of sophisticated authoritarianism in South East Asia

With a majority of countries in South East Asia currently under autocratic leadership and little history of liberal democracy in the region, Dr Lee Morgenbesser… Read More

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA): A game changer?

A decade has passed since the formation of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which is finally on the cusp of its final stages… Read More

With new coastguard, Myanmar looks to improve maritime security

In March this year, Myanmar’s Defence Ministry submitted a proposal to parliament to establish a national coastguard. Given strong support for the… Read More

Cambodia: The regime’s base survival instinct on display

A decision to reject a US offer to refurbish Ream Naval Base might hint at China’s influence but also domestic concerns. Rumours… Read More

Diplomatic intelligence

When I joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1973, my fellow trainees and I were told that diplomatic receptions were not simply social… Read More

Hawke on foreign policy

The Hawke Government came to power in March 1983 during a turbulent period in international affairs. The world was… Read More

Perspectives:Asia | Japan: From Heisei to Reiwa

Last month Bruce Miller AO, Australia’s former Ambassador to Japan from 2011 – 2017 delivered our Perspectives: Asia seminar reflecting on Japan’s recent imperial transition,… Read More

Taking transitional justice to Cambodia’s youth

Like young people the world over, the youth of Cambodia are glued to their mobile phones. They sit in cafes and bars, order food from… Read More

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC): Legacies, law, and peoples

Multiple consequences of the violence and conflict that engulfed Cambodia during and surrounding the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) continues to be experienced. The Cambodian Government… Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Common prosperity should be valued in China and not disparaged by critics
COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 15 September

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