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Asia Pacific Economics

Are the “Asian Tigers” hamstrung by hidden flaws?

Despite years of high economic growth, Asia faces serious challenges, which will push many key Asian nations towards instability.

Asia Pacific Security

Two lessons on Asia the U.S. must heed

In determining its rebalance strategy in Asia, the US must learn from Russia’s failure and Australia’s success. Echoing George F. Kennan’s “Long Telegram” with respect to strategic foreign policy, the

Politics South and Central Asia

India’s enhanced engagement with Southeast Asia

India’s strategic engagement with Southeast Asia has gathered momentum over the past two decades. Although still largely driven by trade and economics, regional stability and security are increasingly part of India’s

Asia Pacific Politics

Timor-Leste bids for ASEAN membership

As Timor-Leste manoeuvres obstacles to ASEAN membership, we consider what the expected benefits of being ASEAN’s newest member will be, and whether these may come with potential costs. Timor-Leste, the

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Economic integration in East Africa will prove challenging

Several recent trade wars between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda emphasize some of the key challenges faced by the East African Community for a successful economic integration. The drive for political

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

Southeast Asia’s high speed rail network

A number of Southeast Asian countries are seeking to update their rail networks to high-speed lines. This is expected to significantly benefit state and regional economies. For some states, however,

Asia Pacific Security

Despite tensions, China’s state visit to US an important step in Sino-American relations

Despite rising tensions stemming from Beijing‘s assertiveness over the Asia Pacific and alleged involvement in recent cyber-attacks targeting Washington, President Xi Jimping’s upcoming state visit to Washington represents an important

Economics International

TPP Series: How will TPP impact global investment rules?

Lost in the discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is its likely impact on the already-complex “rules of the game” governing global investment. The outcome will have a considerable effect on

Asia Pacific Economics

Could Asia’s debt torpedo growth?

Debt-to-GDP ratios have built up rapidly across Asia and may start impeding growth. Even more worrisome than the absolute levels of debt is the pace of the increase. While the

Asia Pacific Economics

Asian demographic trends a threat to growth

A number of emerging Asian countries enter a demographic dividend phase, associated with high savings, investments and growth. However, aging in Asia is occurring at a faster rate than has happened