Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Regional wrap

The last fortnight was marked by an escalation of tensions between the US and China in various domains. A US navy reportedly had an… Read More

Myanmar’s Intelligence State

Both Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and the armed forces know that their survival is threatened more by disunity and domestic instability than by any… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed significant shifts in the geopolitical dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region. The 2+2 defence and foreign ministerial dialogue between Washington and New… Read More

The Rohingyas: A new terrorist threat?

There have been a small number of militant Muslim groups in Myanmar, but they were usually weak and disorganised. A few had  tenuous international links, mainly… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight will go down as one of the most absurd in Australia’s political history. What began as a leadership challenge to Prime Minister… Read More

The ‘rule of law’ as a political weapon in Cambodia

The Law as a Political Weapon The Cambodian Government is not shy in using the law to suppress opposition voices and human rights defenders. In… Read More

Perspectives:Asia | Asia’s reckoning: The rise of China in Asia, America and Australia.

Richard McGregor, senior fellow for East Asia at the Lowy Institute explored the complex and fractious relationship between the US and China and its influence on… Read More

Two decades of economic growth benefited only the richest 20%. How severe is inequality in Indonesia?

A World Bank report in 2015 rang alarm bells for Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Despite Indonesia managing to more than halve its poverty rate since 1999, inequality… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed the unfolding of dramatic events, turnarounds and some disturbing developments in the Asia Pacific region. The most talked-about development was another… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed the enunciation of President Donald Trump’s economic and security vision for the Indo-Pacific. Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,… Read More