Articles

 

Asia after the pandemic

By Nick Bisley

The stabilising force of shared economic interests could be lost after the crisis, leaving the region more dangerous.   Read more

 
 

After the lockdown

By Dylan James and David Gawith

As the costs of regulatory responses to COVID 19 mount, we have developed a framework analyzing which measures governments should adopt, when, and for how long.   Read more

 
 

COVID-19 is exposing the complexity of connectivity

By Evelyn Goh and Jochen Prantl

Historically, more people have been killed by infectious diseases and pandemics than by deadly conflict. Societies have expended considerable effort strategising, in Clausewitz’s words, the employment of battle to achieve the end of war.   Read more

 
 

COVID-19 calls for international economic policy coordination

By Masahiko Takeda, ANU

The COVID-19 outbreak is ravaging the world. The human costs are rising day by day, and its social, financial and economic ramifications are already immense.   Read more

 
 

A global call to arms

By Dominic Meagher

For poorer nations, stopping a pandemic might lead to starvation. The world must be ready to help the neighbours.   Read more

 
 

Coronavirus support packages will reshape the future economy, and that presents an opportunity

By IIan Noy

Governments across the world have rolled out extensive financial packages to support individuals, businesses and large corporations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Read more

 
 

COVID-19 is an environmental crisis too

By Nicolas de Sadeleer and Jacques Godfroid

The environment has all but disappeared from political discourse as the world grapples with a pandemic. COVID-19 is seems to be our “payback” for the excesses of globalisation.   Read more

 
 

COVID-19 and the 'zoom' to new global value chains

By Christopher Findlay, Fukunari Kimura, and Shandre Thangavelu

COVID-19 has sent shock waves running up and down global value chains (GVCs). Social distancing and high levels of uncertainty have caused a significant drop in demand for goods, with GVCs carrying the economic shock through supplier countries.   Read more

 
 

COVID-19 and geopolitics in the Pacific

By Anna Powles and Jose Sousa-Santos 

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Pacific has several frontlines. In addition to health security, a geopolitical front has opened up: China and the contest for influence in the Pacific region. The Pacific is a contested arena between China and US allies such as Australia.  Read more

 
 

COVID-19 exposes crack in Pacific regionalism

By Anna Powles and Jose Sousa-Santos

At the time of writing, there are 63 reported cases of COVID-19 in the Pacific. This includes one in Papua New Guinea, three in Fiji, seven in New Caledonia, 23 in French Polynesia, 29 in Guam and suspected cases in Samoa.   Read more

 
 

How the climate is benefiting from Covid-19 

By Max Towle

As the coronavirus pandemic sends countries - including New Zealand - into lockdown, there's evidence emerging that the world's climate is dramatically benefiting.   Read more

 
 

Covid-19: New Zealand, isolated, yet far from alone

By Dick Grant

The government acted swiftly to lockdown, leaving the economy reeling.  People are supportive - so far.   Read more

 
 

COVID-19: Calls for Change

By Colin James

On 26 March, as COVID-19 was pushing countries into defensive lockdown, former Swedish Prime Minister, Carl Bildt, called for a ‘much stronger global mechanism’ than the World Health Organisation to deal with future pandemics.   Read more

 
 

Disinformation and coronavirus

By Natasha Kassam

The dilution of information on the internet is currently posing a risk to global health and safety.   Read more  

 
 

COVID-19 Has Exacerbated Anti-Globalisation Sentiments

By Roman Darius

Narratives of isolation and self-sufficiency have arisen in attempt to curb the spread of disease. Like the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and the migration crisis of 2015/2016, the Coronavirus pandemic is likely to feature as a catalyst in the shift towards deglobalisation.  Read more

 
 

Philippines: Covid-19 will devastate the poor

By Sheila Coronel

The pandemic threatens to break the already frayed fabric of communities that had not yet recovered from the drug war.   Read more

 
 
 

The future ain't what it used to be

By Gordon Peake and Christian Downie

If Covid-19 teaches us anything, obviously we need to plan, but let’s not pretend the future is actually predictable.  Read more

 
 
 
 

Middle East dispatch: MBS purge, dam dispute, refugees in jeopardy

By Lauren Williams

As Covid-19 threatens some of the world’s most vulnerable, power plays continue in northern Africa and Saudi Arabia.   Read more

 
 
 
 

COVID-19: How Asian countries are dealing with the virus

By Graeme Acton

How are countries around Asia managing the spread of COVID-19? Graeme Acton from the Asia Media Centre rounds up what's been happening.   Read more

 
 

The Mistakes That Brought Down Flight 752

By Sirous Amerian

Several key shortcomings in Iran’s defence infrastructure and capability compounded the night Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 was shot down.  While uncertainty since that night has slightly abated, little seems to have changed.   Read more

 
 

It is Time to Rethink Our Approach to Nuclear Weapons Policy: A Gendered Perspective

By Rhiannon Corinaldi

The patriarchy and male privilege are dominant features of conventional security policy.  For nuclear disarmament to ever be viable, alternative perspectives must be considered.   Read more

 
 

Future of island states: Expert emphasises rule of law at sea

By Christine Rovoi

Solidarity among Pacific nations is key to protecting their maritime, fisheries, and mineral resources in exclusive economic zones (EEZs), says a researcher.   Read more

 
 

PNG: Booting Exxon gives Marape a boost - for now

By Bal Kama

The rejection of P'nyang LNG deal signals a new way of doing business, and a shifting landscape for US concerns.  Read more

 
 

Trump impeachment: The aftermath

By Erin Hurley

It was clear Senate Republicans would ensure acquittal, but the process put Trump's corruption on full display.  Read more

 
 

Despite its Pacific 'step-up', Australia is still not listening to the region, new research shows

By Leanne Smith

The Australian government has spent the past year promoting its “Pacific step-up” as one of the country’s “highest foreign policy priorities”.   Read more

 
 

Brexit and the Pacific: Sink or swim?

By Alexandre Dayant

Growing UK presence in the Pacific Islands aims to boost prosperity, but a range of factors could tip the balance.   Read more

 
 

Russia and China's Assault on the International Human Rights System

By Geoffrey Roberts

Russia and China have waged a decade-long campaign to dismantle the global human rights order.   Read more

 
 

The Ideology of Iran (Part Two)

By Dr Paul G Buchanan

This article is a continuation of Paul Buchanan’s article “Iran As A Strategic Actor.”

Iran’s ideology is driven by a need to defend Shiia Islam, with the goal of being recognised and treated as a key player in the regional political, cultural, economic, and security architecture.    Read more

 
 

Iran as a strategic Actor (Part One)


By Dr Paul G Buchanan

In order to understand Iran as a strategic actor, we must first understand the geopolitical, religious, and security concerns behind their actions.   Read more

 
 

Forging consensus in the South China Sea

By Michael Nguyen

By backing each other’s claims, a united Southeast Asian front would be difficult for Beijing to divide and conquer.   Read more

 
 

The 'new normal' in the South China Sea

By Roberto Rabel

Roberto Rabel recently attended the 11th South China Sea International Conference ‘Cooperation for Regional Security and Development’ in Hanoi, with the support of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.   Read more

 
 

Russia makes its presence known in Iran crisis

By Alexey Muraviev

Through military and diplomatic manoeuvres, Russia has signalled its stance on further US intervention in the region.   Read more

 
 

The real US-China competition: Competing theories of influence

By Ali Wyne Michael J. Mazarr

Both can be coercive, but the US is in danger of surrendering what is arguably the more sustainable model of influence.   Read more

 
 

The impact of accuracy

By Victor Abramowicz

Iran’s demonstration in last’s week strike at US bases will have effects around the world.  Read more

 
 

Taiwan voters reject Beijin, but not populism

By Nick Aspinwall

Tsai Ing-wen’s party used fear of Beijing to see off a weak opponent. She’ll have much to prove during her second term.  Read more

 
 

India has left RCEP behind, but not its ambition in Southeast Asia

By Mustafa Izzuddin

Withdrawing from a mega-regional trade deal is a setback, but New Delhi has other ways of enhancing regional engagement.   Read more

 
 

Best of The Interpreter 2019: The rising climate chorus

The Interpreter

For a world joined by an ideal of united nations, the response to global warming has shown anything but.   Read more

 
 

Chart of the week: Global trade through a US-China lens

By Alyssa Leng and Roland Rajah

Two thirds of the world trade more goods with China than the US.  Read more

 
 

Middle East protests: Careful what you wish for

By Rodger Shanahan

For all the good intentions and international support, a locl patronage system is the true lodestone on the region.  Read more

 
 

Perfect economic storm fuels new protests in Iran

By Sirous Amerian

Even as unrest in Islamic republic cools and Internet is restored, underlying drivers of discontent remain.

Iran on Monday was reeling from 10 days of demonstrations, in which more than 100 protesters are believed to have been killed in cities across the country amid a near-total Internet blackout.  Read more

 
 

When price hikes pour fuel on the fire

By Vani Swarupa Murali

The recent protests in Iran illustrate the cost of ignoring the vulnerability of the poor.   Read more

 
 

Renewable Energy for Australia’s Security: Integrating Domestic and Foreign Policy

By Xavier Wilks

The relationship between energy policy and national security has been overlooked in discussions of Australian renewable energy policy. The Australian government should invest in renewables to strengthen our security.   Read more

 
 

The Hidden Goldmine Behind Sustainable Development

By Jasmine Brinsmead

Since its conception, the sustainable development (SD) concept has been embraced by civil society as an opportunity to salvage the earth without hindering economic prosperity. However, the ideal “sustainable” global economy cannot be completely understood unless it is placed in the context of unequal power relations within the global financial system.   Read more

 
 

Transactionalism in International Relations: Turkey's Relations with the European Union

By Ihsan Yilmaz and Galib Bashirov

Despite accession to the EU being one of Turkey’s long-term goals, its strategic gaze has recently shifted from Europe to the Middle East.  Read more

 
 

Economic diplomacy: Free trade disputes, WTO appeals, DFAT on China

By Greg Earl

A shortage of judges on the WTO trade court is bringing appeals to a halt, just as trade disputes are on the rise.  Read more

 
 

How Dangerous is the South China Sea?

By Dr Huiyun Feng

While territorial disputes in the South China Sea are hotly debated in international relations, they hold relatively little weight in the grand scheme of China’s security concerns.  Read more

 
 

Behrouz Boochani: Still in limbo

By Madeline Gleeson

The Kurdish-Iranian journalist left Manus Island after six years, but the bureaucratic hurdles still lie before him.  Read more

 
 

World diplomacy stocktake:
A shifting of the ranks

By Bonnie Bley

China has overtaken the US with the largest diplomatic network in the 2019 Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index.  Read more

 
 

Vietnam's Refugees and the Slave Trade

By Richard Broinowski AO

The discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese in a lorry in Essex is part of a wider, global network of people-smuggling. This incident also demonstrates the changing motivations of refugees from Vietnam.   Read more

 

 
 

Lebanon Protests: A New Generation Calls for Change

By Dr Vanessa Newby

The Lebanese protests have made significant ground and are sophisticated in nature. However, they also risk opening some of Lebanon’s old historical wounds.   Read more

 
 

Killing the Caliph Won’t Kill the Islamic State

By Kiriloi M. Ingram

The recent killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is indeed cause for celebration, however, leadership decapitation does not guarantee total defeat of the organisation. Kiriloi M. Ingram explores the dynamics which impact the potential for Islamic State to survive its current predicament.   Read more

 

 
 

Pacific Conference 2019 - Highlights

By Dr James Kember

In partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and support from the University of Otago, the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs organised a one-day conference focusing on the influences and challenges facing the Pacific region.  Read more

 
 

Brexit: Will a General election Change the Game?

By Colin Chapman, FAIIA

Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party face three significant obstacles in their efforts to be re-elected, though none of these problems rule them out as potential victors.   Read more

 
 

Scandals Reveal South Korea's Broken Politics

By Christopher Khatouki

The scandal surrounding South Korea’s short-lived justice minister, Cho Guk, has brought to light the deeper sentiments of ordinary Koreans that only the rich and powerful can succeed. It also raises deeper questions regarding the efficacy of Korean politics and whether the entire political system may be broken.  Read more

 
 

11,000 Scientists warn: climate change isn't just about temperature

By Thomas Newsome and William Ripple

Exactly 40 years ago, a small group of scientists met at the world’s first climate conference in Geneva. They raised the alarm about unnerving climate trends.   Read more

 

 
 

Syria and the Shaping of Turkish, Russian and US Interests

By Ian Dudgeon

Despite heavy criticism of Trump and the US for abandoning the Kurdish forces, there are some cautious positives to the situation in Syria.  Read more

 
 

Impeachment Will Polarise the US Further, But Will It Dislodge Trump?

By Dr Andrew Gawthorpe

New revelations have emerged at a blistering pace in the Congressional impeachment inquiry.  Trump is unlikely to be removed from office but will emerge with significant political damage.   Read more

 
 

(Old) Challenges and (New) Crises in Latin America

By Dr Raul Sanchez Urribari

Recent civil unrest across Latin America is a result of institutional flaws which have consistently plagued the region. This could lead to long-term instability and even the erosion of democracy.   Read more

 
 

Navigating Economic Integration amidst US-China Strategic Competition and Rising Uncertainties

By Dr Karen Pitakdumrongkit

Over the past 52 years, ASEAN coined various initiatives which have contributed to regional economic integration. Against the backdrop of rising US-China strategic competition, is the organisation able to help the ASEAN member states further pursue their economic integration?    Read more

 
 

Connectivity with Consent: The EU in Eurasia

By Professor Sven Biscop

The search for connectivity is nothing new.  But the EU has realised that competition, not dominance, is the key to connectivity to today's world.    Read more

 
 

In the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Cyber Security and Great Power Politics

By Dr Ashok Sharma

Artificial Intelligence and cyber warfare are emerging as key components in great power rivalry. The international community needs to act fast to develop legal and political frameworks that can mitigate their deleterious effects.        Read more

 
 

Two Pacific states drop Taiwan for China

By Stephen Hoadley

Two Pacific states last week dramatically switched diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan to China, a shift with possibly wide-ranging implications writes Stephen Hoadley of  the University of Auckland.     Read more