India and South Asia

Pulwama terrorist attack: Modi under pressure

The Pulwama attack was clearly calibrated to pile pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the general election to be held in… Read More

Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission limps on

On 9 February 2019, the operational mandate of Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) was due… Read More

Australia’s Indo-Pacific pitch: What’s in it for the Quad?

In January, at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, Foreign Minister Marise Payne enunciated her government’s pitch to develop closer relations with India. Her speech was… Read More

India’s employment crisis

The Indian government recently got mired in controversy when it apparently tried to suppress a report from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) that the… Read More

Sustainable agricultural practices for rural female tea smallholders in Sri Lanka

Ki-Hoon Lee and project team discuss the sustainable agricultural practices with the project facilitators in an experimental tea block in Hatton, Sri Lanka. Read More

Why the Quad won’t ever be an Asian NATO

The most recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore last November suggests that the US,… Read More

Can the Quad navigate the complexities of a dynamic Indo-Pacific?

The past year has seen the revival of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a mechanism which enables dialogue between four major democracies within the Indo-Pacific region,… Read More

Australia should brace for a volatile year in foreign policy in 2019

By the end of 2019 we should be able to assess how Australia is travelling with the grand plan laid out in the 2017 Foreign… Read More

Is central bank autonomy in India under threat?

Urjit Patel, until very recently the 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), could no longer maintain his customary reticence. He decided to… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed the most coherent manifestation of what’s being touted as the new cold war between the US and China that is likely… Read More