Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Mai Tai diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific

It’s Mai Tai time again for many of the world’s navies and some air forces. The month-long, biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)… Read More

After Marawi: Advancing Australia–Philippines strategic relations

Last week, the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation and the Griffith Asia Institute co-hosted a Philippines–Australia Track II dialogue in Manila, focusing… Read More

Indonesia’s government debt ahead of 2019 presidential election: A real economic concern?

The increasing level of Indonesia’s government debt has become a hot topic ahead of the 2019 presidential election. The central government debt has increased by… Read More

Regional wrap

Last fortnight, countries in the Indo-Pacific region, as elsewhere, were absorbed in trying to make sense of the June 12th Singapore Summit between US President… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed perhaps one of the most eventful episodes in recent times, with significant ramifications for the Indo-Pacific region. The highly anticipated… Read More

Regional wrap

  The last fortnight witnessed stunning theatrics and turnarounds vis-a-vis the proposed summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Read More

The scourge of sexual violence in Myanmar

Why the latest epidemic was entirely predictable “The international community, especially the UN Security Council, has failed us. This latest crisis should have been prevented… Read More

Regional wrap

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran dominated global headlines this fortnight. This… Read More

Markets vs voters and the 2018 Malaysian elections: The questionable credibility of credit rating agencies

Millions of ordinary voters in Malaysia mustered moral courage and harnessed the yearning for change to oust the incumbent government led by Najib Razak. Read More

The Rohingya question: Determining who to hold to account

Ever since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, ethnic minority groups, human rights advocates, and others have argued that Myanmar’s armed forces, or Tatmadaw, should be held legally… Read More