India and South Asia

Why India should be wary about celebrating its ranking in the latest ‘Doing Business’ report

The much-noted flagship publication of the World Bank Doing Business (DB) was publicly unveiled recently. This became cause for celebration for Indian Prime Minister… Read More

India’s growth slowdown: Reflections of the Reserve Bank

India’s recent growth slowdown has elicited a lively national discussion – see here, for example. It was reinforced by a scathing op-ed by Yashwant Sinha,… Read More

Comparing development indicators: Revisiting the Sen-Dreze thesis of India’s ‘uncertain glory’

In 2013, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and his co-author Jean Dreze published their treatise on India’s ‘uncertain glory’. They acknowledged that the ‘…picture of a new… Read More

Limiting China’s future strategic predominance

Mr Peter Varghese AO, recently retired Department of Foreign Affairs head, has laid out his vision of a possible new regional order.  The order… Read More

Doklam, the diplomacy of anger, and the Sino-Indian standoff

The ten-week standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, in territory disputed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Bhutan, was finally concluded on… Read More

A Contested Asia: What comes after US strategic predominance?

2017 Griffith Asia Lecture by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 6 September 2017 I would like to begin by commending… Read More

Modi’s foreign policy under pressure

It is hard to remember now, but before Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014, many reputable pundits thought it would take time before… Read More

Ian Hall wins prestigious journal prize

Professor Ian Hall, acting Director of the Griffith Asia Institute and Professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, has been… Read More

Fiscal consolidation: An Armenian case study

Adjunct Professor Yan Islam was invited by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Moscow and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Armenian government… Read More

Is Exercise Malabar another snag in Australia-India relations?

Reports that the Indian government intends to block Australia’s participation in this year’s Malabar naval exercises are a setback for Canberra. However, better indicators of… Read More