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Has Trump any real option in Afghanistan?


Author: Frédéric Grare, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace On 21 August 2017, after months of hesitation and much against his own instincts, US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Recognising that ‘a hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill’, Trump […]

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The Belt and Road Initiative and Asia’s changing order


Author: Nick Bisley, La Trobe University In the two days of meetings from 8 November between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Trump’s first state visit, it appears that they did not talk at all about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Trump’s tour reflected the tendency of his administration to […]

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Junta reforms doing nothing to assuage Thai investment flight


Author: Ryan Hartley, Tohoku University The Thai junta is unhappy with Thailand’s current economic paradigm and is attempting to shift the fundamental base of the country’s economy. Various branches of the Thai state are attempting to create what is vaguely referred to as ‘Thailand 4.0’ by the government, the ‘next growth phase’ by the Ministry […]

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Should developing countries fear the impact of automation on jobs?


Author: Sher Singh Verick, ANU and ILO Fears of technology-induced unemployment have penetrated media headlines and policy discourse in both advanced and developing countries. In 2017, economists Carl Frey and Michael Osborne concluded that 47 per cent of jobs in the United States were at high risk of automation. A range of replications and extensions […]

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World’s eyes on Asian summits


Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum East Asia is in the middle of hosting leaders from some of the largest and most powerful countries in the world. Between the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, and the East Asia Summit (EAS) meeting in Angeles in the Philippines, leaders from 10 […]

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Improving equity and efficiency in Japanese higher education


Authors: Shiro Armstrong and Bruce Chapman, ANU The Japanese government is considering major reform to the higher education tuition system by moving to an income-contingent loan scheme similar to systems in Australia, England, Hungary, the Netherlands and some other countries. The system is based on a simple but powerful concept: with an income-contingent loan scheme, […]

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Principles versus policies in cross-Strait relations


Author: James Lee, Princeton University Recent events have not augured well for the stability of cross-Strait relations. Since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2016, the two sides have struggled to find common ground that reconciles Beijing’s determination to prevent Taiwanese independence with Taipei’s determination not to recognise […]

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Mongolia lurches between opportunity and crisis


Authors: Julian Dierkes and Mendee Jargalsaikhan, UBC In the last 20 months, Mongolia has seen a parliamentary and presidential election, three changes in governments and several associated bureaucratic personnel rotations, all in the context of a sovereign debt crisis. This political turnover has led to serious neglect of the real challenges facing Mongolia. On October […]

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APEC’s moment of truth in Da Nang

Author: Peter Drysdale, ANU APEC is a regional organisation defined by its commitment to open regionalism and multilateral arrangements. The overarching priority for Asia today is to give voice to leadership that can provide a foundation for underwriting the global regime on which it so utterly relies. On that foundation alone, can Asia successfully engage […]

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