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Australia's new Pacific Czar

30 January 2019

BY JAMES BATLEY This article originally appeared in The Interpreter for the Lowy Institute. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has now established an Office of the Pacific, a measure...

Misguided multilateralism

26 January 2019

BY WESLEY WIDMAIER Global economic leaders must be careful not to blur the distinction between post-war Keynesian multilateralism and neoliberal multilateralism, Wesley Widmaier writes. In Angela...

Cambodian migrant workers at a construction site in Bangkok. Thailand is a major migrant worker destination country in Asean. Reuters

Thailand should lead ASEAN with a migrant worker agenda

27 November 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT Thailand will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019 after the ASEAN Summit in Singapore this month. This is in keeping with Thailand’s hopes to regain its place of regional...

The Bali Process and refugee protection in Southeast Asia

22 October 2018

BY CARLY GORDYN The seventh ministerial conference of the Bali Process, co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia, took place in August 2018. This article explores the development of the Bali Process...

Migrant workers on a Thai fishing boat

Government sincerity on migrant rights faces fishing pact test

3 September 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNIPIPAT It has been one year since Thailand’s last debacle on migrant worker policy. Yet, Thailand finds itself once again at the crossroads where domestic constituents are...

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Myanmar Faces Crossroads as Military Tightens Hold on Civilian Government

30 August 2018

A spokesperson from Myanmar’s presidential office rejected a UN fact-finding report issued on Monday, which found evidence for the military’s involvement in genocide and crimes against humanity...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a leadership challenge in September, and his approval ratings are in a slump. Xinhua

Should Shinzo Abe happen to meet Kim Jong-un

19 June 2018

BY DR LAUREN RICHARDSON If Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not come to the table with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and attempt to resolve the abduction problem once again, he will likely become...

Australia and the Korean Crisis: Confronting the limits of influence?

27 April 2018

BY PROFESSOR ANDREW O’NEIL, DR BRENDAN TAYLOR and PROFESSOR WILLIAM T. TOW North Korea’s announcement last weekend that it has suspended its nuclear and missile testing programs is one...

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Vietnam’s Crackdown on Dissent Could Undermine its Stability and Growth

12 April 2018

Since General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong emerged in firm control atop Vietnam’s political leadership in early 2016, Hanoi has gone on the offensive in a massive effort to clamp down on internal...

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Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?

20 March 2018

BY MARK MANANTAN, alumnus Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to skip the ASEAN-Australia commemorative summit did not come as a surprise. Despite the warm gesture extended by Australian...

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