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Tourism and Myanmar's missed opportunity

23 July 2015

Myanmar is full of opportunities. It is a rapidly democratising country that has only opened up to the world in the past decade. However, with comparatively low tourist numbers, Myanmar is missing...

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The Sustainable Development Goals: Team bumblebee or team chimera?

22 July 2015

The sun is setting rapidly on the MDG era. Only months away, at the end of September, world leaders will assemble at the United Nations in New York to agree on a shiny new set of goals to guide...

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Australia-Chinese free trade deal

6 July 2015

Does June's official signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, which lifts tariffs on an estimated 97 per cent of Australian exports, mean blue skies ahead for our firms in China? I doubt...

His Excellency U Khin Aung Nyint, addressing the 2015 Myanmar Update at ANU. Photo by James Walsh.

Myanmar speaker optimistic on elections

5 June 2015

The Speaker of the upper house of Myanmar’s parliament has opened the ANU Myanmar/Burma Update and expressed optimism about his country’s transformation to democratic rule.His Excellency U Khin Aung...

Shan State army commanders take aim during a military parade marking the Shan National Day in February Photo by AFP Images

Re-shooting an elephant

28 May 2015

Myanmar's peace process makes no provision for dealing with the ongoing sectarian violence occurring there. The government refuses to even recognise the term Rohingya - simply saying they do not...

Making sense of Myanmar’s ongoing conflicts

22 May 2015

Whether Myanmar’s ongoing ethnic and sectarian violence will derail rapid political, economic and social reform is the focus of a two-day conference starting at The Australian National University on...

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The Rohingya and regional failure

18 May 2015

The ongoing humanitarian crisis exposes dangerous vacuum at the centre of ASEAN's commitment to be 'people-centred', writes MATHEW DAVIES Myanmar’s membership of ASEAN, achieved in 1997, has always...

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan launches UN report at Coral Bell School

15 May 2015

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan has spoken on the need to address income inequality in developing and developed countries in the region, at the launch of the UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and...

Senior leader of the Communist Party of China Wang Qishan and US President Barack Obama. Photo by wikimedia

China's slam dunk

12 May 2015

China has not just overtaken the US economy, but will soon leave it far behind, writes HUGH WHITE For longer than anyone now living can remember, the United States has been by far the world's richest...

Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran - two Australians facing imminent execution in Indonesia. Photo by AFP.

Australia can change Asia for the better

30 April 2015

Australia has the resources and clout to push for major change in the region, including issues as divisive as the death penalty. The real challenge is whether we have the ideas, arguments and...

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