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Playing jenga with Myanmar's rule of law

30 September 2015

After the formation of a new semi-civilian government and elections in 2010, Myanmar’s military regime set out upon an unprecedented road towards political reform.President Thein Sein described this...

Scholarship to create leaders that make a difference

18 August 2015

A new scholarship valued at up to $120,000 over two to three years will offer students pursuing research or coursework postgraduate studies a unique opportunity to develop their...

PNG ban on foreign workers unwise, says ANU academic

13 August 2015

A ban on foreign advisers working for the PNG government could cause problems in the delivery of Australia’s development assistance to PNG and reduce the quality of advice available to the PNG...

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New dawn over Bougainville

4 August 2015

The success of the recent Bougainville election was largely due to community goodwill towards the electoral process. But amendments to the electoral roll must be a top priority, writes KERRYN BAKER...

Stability and stagnation under SBY

Stability and stagnation under SBY

31 July 2015

Under ‘moderating president’ Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s democracy suffered no reverses – but it didn’t move forward either. Much controversy surrounds how best to interpret Susilo Bambang...

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...

Myanmar opposition leader and head of the parliamentary committee on Rule of law and stability, Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo by AFP

Making sense of the rule of law

5 June 2015

Among the rapid economic and political changes underway in Myanmar, one concern still stands out starkly: the want of respect for the rule of law.As the country moves from military to civilian rule,...

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...

Smog in Shanghai; China's forecast  for dominance is not so clear. Photo by russavia/ Wikimedia commons.

Why China won’t dominate Asia

25 March 2015

Economic downturns, empty cities and a lack of strategic influence - China faces almost insurmountable challenges in the race to be Asia's number one, writes John Lee. In 1980, and with an economy...

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Biometrics, fraudsters and observers

25 February 2015

 An expensive biometric voting system has succeeded in reducing the scope for widespread fraud in the Solomon Islands at the 2014 parliamentary elections.But left unchecked, money politics may...

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