Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Deepening the Australia-Philippines relationship

On Friday 21 July 2017, the Griffith Asia Institute was delighted to participate in an Australia-Philippines dialogue facilitated by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the… Read More

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Tatmadaw

The democratically elected government in Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi has so far disappointed many voters and international observers. Her supporters blame the military… Read More

The battle for Southeast Asia’s soul

Media headlines are stolen by talk of China’s island building in the South China Sea and whether Australia should join in Freedom of Navigation operations… Read More

Incident at Three Pagodas Pass

After decades of strained bilateral relations, Australia’s defence ties with Myanmar are gradually being restored. The office of the Defence Attache (DA) in the… Read More

Abe’s South Korea challenge

Why democracy on the Peninsula presents a problem for Japan South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s push for peace on the Korean Peninsula threatens to undercut… Read More

Pak Beng consultation process improved, but to what end?

Last week, over 190 representatives from different interest groups including the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Secretariat, member countries, development partners, research institutes, media, private sector,… Read More

Why Myanmar’s military is not planning a coup

Speculation about military intentions makes for a good conspiracy theory but facts tell a different story. Myanmar has always encouraged conspiracy theories. Most have proven… Read More

The emergence of universal healthcare in Indonesia

While the debate on universal healthcare coverage (UHC) often focuses on policy prescription and technical issues, the expansion of access to healthcare in developing countries… Read More

Suu Kyi’s Myanmar, one year on

Twelve months ago, Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed State Counsellor of Myanmar, becoming the de facto leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD)… Read More

Myanmar and Aung San: The resurrection of an icon

In this post on The Interpreter, Andray Abrahamian recently drew attention to the Myanmar government’s decision to name a bridge in southern Mon State… Read More