• Why international trade wars are bad news for Asia

    Amitendu Palit     |      January 21, 2019

    While the bilateral trade dispute between the USA and China may create some economic opportunities for Australia and South Asia, they will be outweighed by its long-term adverse impacts.

  • The costs of containing China

    Hugh White     |      January 15, 2019

    Washington’s policymakers have finally realised that China is a serious strategic rival. Now they must decide what, if anything, to do about it.

  • Millennials may be the generation to end extreme poverty

    Sarah Meredith     |      January 7, 2019

    Despite often being the object of criticism for their hyper-sensitivity and lack of grit and resolve, Millennials have answered the call to end extreme poverty around the world in ways which eluded earlier generations.

  • Microfinance – Micro gains?

    Aimee Robinson     |      January 7, 2019

    Although microfinance is often hailed as an important step for women’s empowerment and economic independence in the developing world, research has yielded conflicting evidence on its practical effectiveness.

  • The past, present and future of APEC at 30

    Andrew Elek     |      January 4, 2019

    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is approaching its 30th year of work to foster cooperation in trade, investment and development in the Asia Pacific.

  • Charting Australia’s rocky course between the USA and China

    James Curran     |      January 1, 2019

    Both the Morrison government and the Labor opposition are showing signs of finding a strategic path through this era of sturm und drang in Chinese-American relations.

  • As Brexit approaches, Germany and Australia should strengthen their ties

    Jacqueline Westermann     |      December 30, 2018

    Canberra has usually approached the EU through the UK, but with Brexit becoming a reality, Australia will need to reach out to other European allies such as Germany if it’s to remain plugged into European policies.

  • An unsettled year for PNG

    Ronald May     |      December 28, 2018

    It was a mixed year for Papua New Guinea, with natural disasters, social and political unrest and the growing power of China casting a shadow over the country and its relations with Australia.

  • A rocky year ahead for Europe

    Jacqueline Westermann     |      December 27, 2018

    It’s been a tumultuous 2018 in Europe, with Brexit straining Britain and the EU and Russia menacing its eastern borders. 2019 may offer some solutions, but could also see its problems worsening.

  • ‘Human rights with Chinese characteristics’ aren’t human rights at all

    Fergus Ryan     |      November 10, 2018

    Through its words and its deeds, the Chinese government is showing what it really is and how it intends to shape the world in the coming decades.

  • Australia should back a truly rules based international order

    Greg Raymond     |      October 16, 2018

    To respond effectively to the emerging multi-polar environment in international affairs, Australia should buttress its backing for its traditional alliances with undiscriminating support for international law.

  • China’s new era under Xi

    Rowan Callick     |      September 17, 2018

    Xi Jinping’s efforts to strengthen his personal hold on the Chinese communist party and the party’s ruthless control of the Chinese population have been matched only by his zeal to strengthen China’s influence abroad and dominate its neighbours.