Asia Pacific

Bell School Professor Elected President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia

Professor Edward Aspinall is elected President of Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Australian ambitions – regional reactions

Australia is promoting the 'Indo-Pacific' regional vision, with difficulty.

New Caledonia’s referendum and the struggle of the Kanak people

Since its founding in 1984, the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) in New Caledonia has been campaigning for independence from France. Under the 20-year transition established by the 1998 Noumea Accord, the French dependency is moving towards a referendum on self-determination, to be held on 4 November 2018.

Vietnam is a Promising Partner for the Trump Administration

The new trend of seeking what Trump considers to be more fair trade relationships might be challenging for any Southeast Asian state with smaller size and capacity. However, Vietnam aims to demonstrate goodwill by meeting the White House halfway on such expectations.

What’s displacing Air Sea Battle in US military planning?

n a slow moving transition underway since late 2014, there are strong signs that the often-criticised US Air Sea Battle operational concept is being quietly — albeit not officially — sidelined as a focus of US military strategy. The likelihood is that a new program, the so-called Third Offset Strategy, is displacing it

Australia needs a diplomatic sea change in the South China Sea

The Australian government needs to show that diplomacy int eh South China Sea has been seriously tried and found wanting. But the evidence is that multilateral diplomacy hasn’t been pursued with the required vigour or intensity.

Race, faith and Ahok’s defeat

Greg Fealy writes about the outcome of the latest Indonesian elections.

Jakarta election tests Indonesia's limits of tolerance

Jakarta will go to the polls in an election that presents an unusually stark choice between religious solidarity and governmental performance.

The United States as a rising power in the Asia-Pacific region

Today the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region is dominated by the rise of new powers. The role of the United States, as the established political and military power in the region, is increasingly coming under challenge. But the United States itself was once a rising power in this region and the history of its rise may hold clues as to how the contemporary power transition might be managed through deft diplomacy.

China’s Blue Book of Oceania

The Chinese government’s interest in Oceania bumped up another notch with the recent publication of the book’s second edition. Blue Books are made available to all government departments,

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