Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Tess Newton Cain (Griffith Asia Institute) and Dan McGarry share this weeks update of covid19 in the Pacific. Read More

The quality of authoritarian rule in South East Asia

In his new book, 'The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia", Dr Lee Morgenbesser shares his new theory and utilises a new dataset to describe how authoritarian rule in the region has evolved. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Barrick fallout continues In Papua New Guinea, the fallout from the government’s decision not to renew the mining license… Read More

Covid-19, Governance and the Role of the Opposition

The uncertainty about COVID-19 and its impact on our economies makes it even more important that governments do the right thing in terms of their policies. This crisis has already been a turning point for many countries. It has imposed new imperatives for policies, governance and accountability to ensure that scarce resources are utilised in a transparent and efficient manner so that the adverse impact on the quality of lives of our people can be cushioned. If we make mistakes in our response, in our preparedness for the post covid-19 scenario, then those mistakes would not be ones which can be corrected easily. They would be serious mistakes with potentially irreversible consequences. Read More

Can technology help Australians ‘get back to normal’ while maintaining social distancing?

After the covidsafe app was released yesterday, more than a million Australians downloaded the app. Can technology help Australians ‘get back to normal’ while maintaining social distancing? Read More

Is this the Kindleberger moment?

Covid-19 exposes a power vacuum where exceptionalism and tinfoil hat conspiracy theories go hand in hand. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Kiribati elections The two rounds of elections to decide the new Parliament have concluded. The Presidential elections will take… Read More

Even Xi not immune from politics of corona

Xi Jinping has his mojo back. Since his seeming struggle to respond coherently to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan at the start of the year, China’s paramount leader appears to sense he is back on top of the world, that the future is in his hands. He has regained his political equilibrium and reverted to his regular stance in facing such challenges — he has gone on the attack, doubling down at home and abroad. Read More

COVID-19 and South East Asia: the week that was

Cambodia receives 16 tonnes of medical supplies from China Indonesia's President bans mudik Philippines extends lockdown in several provinces across Luzon Singapore prepares temporary mega-structures to accommodate migrant workers Vietnam begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions Read More

Sick refugee takes on Peter Dutton over coronavirus detention fears

A refugee in immigration detention has launched a High Court challenge against Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his department over the threat of COVID-19 infection risk while held in immigration detention. Read More


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