• Avoiding a fractured digital global economy

    Shiro Armstrong     |      April 12, 2021

    Digitalisation accelerated during the pandemic as societies adjusted to social distancing through rapid responses in healthcare, education and service delivery but a global governance deficit and geopolitics are contributing to a digitally divided global economy.

  • The unwinnable war

    Shiro Armstrong     |      December 7, 2020

    China’s politically motivated trade war against Australia will harm both countries, but the downward spiral in relations is not irrecoverable – yet.

  • “Economic distancing” would repeat historic errors

    Shiro Armstrong     |      June 10, 2020

    Instead of accentuating differences and retreating from openness, the lessons of past crises point to a need to realise the common interest in immunising the global economy from prolonged stagnation and depression.

  • The novel coronavirus requires novel economic solutions

    Shiro Armstrong     |      April 14, 2020

    The economic priority for governments today is to keep the economy ticking over, to keep businesses and their employees tied together, to avoid a deeper downturn that will create huge numbers of unemployed and position for a sharp recovery.

  • Are we too reliant on Chinese trade?

    Shiro Armstrong     |      March 18, 2020

    Is Australia trading too much with China and too dependent on the Chinese economy, as a lot of the public commentary would have you believe?

  • Did the Osaka G20 mark the end of economic order?

    Shiro Armstrong     |      July 2, 2019

    The Osaka G20 summit may yet be remembered in history as the moment the global rules based order was lost.

  • How to deal with Mr Trump’s assault on global institutions

    Shiro Armstrong     |      August 21, 2018

    President Trump’s disdain for traditional alliances and international institutions has shaken the confidence of the USA’s long term allies around the world. What does the future hold for Australia and the rest of the region if the USA pursues its current isolationist course?

  • China verses the world

    Shiro Armstrong     |      August 13, 2018

    Since coming to power in 2012, Xi Jinping has set his sights on increasing his own power in the country, and his country’s power in the world. Can this threat to the established order be turned into an opportunity?