China and Northeast Asia

Beyond the theatre: Backstage engagement at the G20

The Group of Twenty (G20), the premier international forum for global economic cooperation is most recognisable through the prism of its annual Leaders’ Summit. This… Read More

‘Like-minded states’ and the liberal international order

Allies and partners of the United States in Asia use ‘rules-based order’ rhetoric as shorthand for a US-led regional order. This has been a notable… Read More

Pragmatism, politics and the rise of China

It was a lively evening recently at Hurricane’s, the new Australian ribs joint in Beijing, with pin-up snowboarder Scotty James charming a large crowd of… Read More

Regional wrap

The last month of this year, and this decade, has so far been a troubling one. From extensive bush-fires and thick smoke choking large… Read More

China-ASEAN South China Sea Code of Conduct – Are we there yet?

In June this year the 35th ASEAN Summit delivered the release of ASEAN’s long-awaited Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. The Outlook provides a common script for… Read More

Who’s leading, and where are we going?

Global leadership works best when liberal great powers embrace a shared, inclusive vision of global order, jointly manage the challenges to that order, and fund… Read More

How dangerous is the South China Sea?

While territorial disputes in the South China Sea are hotly debated in international relations, they hold relatively little weight in the grand scheme of China’s… Read More

Environmentally sustainable water management in the Asia Pacific

Balancing water needs for human use and for the protection of freshwater ecosystems is one of society’s great challenges. Freshwater is not distributed uniformly across… Read More

The state in the neighbourhood: A snapshot of Queensland’s engagement in the Asia Pacific

Significant transformation in Australia’s neighbourhood—the rise of Asian economies, cities and middle classes, unprecedented digital disruption, and near insatiable demands for knowledge, innovation and infrastructure—offers… Read More

Regional wrap

Concerns about the Chinese Communist Party’s nefariously growing interference into the region (and Australia’s) domestic politics, society and academy dominated the headlines Down Under this… Read More