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Back to the future (of work)


Author: David Gruen, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Speaking at the launch of Argentina’s G20 Presidency, Argentine President Mauricio Macri earmarked the future of work as a key priority for the G20’s 2018 agenda: ‘Technology is quickening productivity at an unprecedented rate, which presents both opportunities and challenges … We need to forge […]

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Data delays are denying India access to good policy


Authors: Ankush Agrawal, IIT Delhi, and Vikas Kumar, Azim Premji University The growing clamour in India for evidence-based and targeted policymaking has not been matched by improvements in the quality of data. Whatever attention quality receives is restricted to data accuracy. By contrast, even though the National Statistical Commission flagged the timely release of data […]

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Power plays on the Peninsula in 2018


Author: Nate Kerkhoff, Yonsei University As the curtain closed on 2017, the Korean Peninsula and surrounding nations transitioned into a new period of power relations. South Korea decided to install the American-made and -operated Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, China engaged in economic retaliation against Seoul for that decision and North Korea successfully executed […]

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How can East Asia defend the WTO?


Author: Andrew Elek, ANU A confident, rules-based environment for international trade has made possible the remarkable improvements in East Asian living standards over the past 50 years. This environment — created by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its successor in the World Trade Organization (WTO) — remains essential for the future. […]

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Tokyo’s drift towards intellectual property crusader


Authors: Belinda Townsend, ANU, Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University, and Ruth Lopert, GWU Trade representatives will attend another round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement in Jakarta this week. While the agreement is often touted as an opportunity to enhance regional security and to support trade liberalisation, less publicised are provisions […]

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Economic wins and lives lost during Duterte’s first year


Author: Cesar E A Virata, Manila The first year of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was marked by sustained GDP growth of 6.7 per cent — above average for ASEAN countries. This growth was supported by higher government spending in economic and social fields as well as by an increase in infrastructure spending to 5.6 […]

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China boards the polar express


Author: Donald R Rothwell, ANU Is China a polar nation? Despite making no Antarctic territorial claims, China became a party to the Antarctic Treaty in 1983 and has four scientific research bases on the continent. China likewise makes no Arctic territorial claims, and yet as the region has gradually become more accessible due to climate […]

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New rhetoric but old policy for New Zealand


Author: Gary Hawke, Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand’s scheduled election in 2017 was expected to confirm the first four-term government since 1960–72. It instead resulted in a change of government. But the change of most importance to New Zealand occurred at the end of 2016: the election of US President Donald Trump. New Zealand […]

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How will India contend with China’s growing power?


Author: Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar, New Delhi China and India have a complex and prickly relationship: a consequence of geography, history and recent experiences between the two. An unresolved territorial and border dispute led to a brief war between the two countries in October 1962, and the humiliation of India in that confrontation remains part of […]

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Lese majeste remained the Thai state’s mailed fist in 2017


Author: Tyrell Haberkorn, University of Wisconsin–Madison The Thai dictatorship has methodically entrenched itself in the nearly four years since the 22 May 2014 coup ended Thailand’s tenuous democracy. The expression of dissent remains forbidden and people face prosecution for protests and demonstrations that involve five or more persons. Any and all criticism of the National […]

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