ASEAN-Australia

The untold impacts of the digital divide

The advent of the “fourth industrial revolution” has brought advanced digitalisation into the global economy, with increasing access to information and connectivity. The rise in technology throughout the world is apparent, over the last 10 years, the top five companies in the world have transitioned into tech companies. This revolution has caused a gap within …

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When Geopolitics fails- Australia’s opportunity for diplomacy in the ASEAN region

For the world of international relations, the behaviours and trends of superpowers are often more predictable than surprising. As a medium power state, Australia pays close attention to the actions of these powers and its impact on the region. The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for Australia to examine the state its relations amongst ASEAN …

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Are expectations for the IA-CEPA too high?

There is hope the newly implemented Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will dramatically shift economic relations, paving the way for a stronger, long lasting bilateral relationship. But first, there are challenges to overcome.  Earlier this year, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisson stated that Australia and Indonesia are “not just close neighbours, but great friends”. …

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A Shock to the System – Prescribing Australia’s Immigration Policy post-COVID-19

In recent years, Australia’s immigrant intake has trended toward policies that prioritise short-term skill shortages and the productivity needs of the economy through temporary migration flows. While this has allowed Australia to procure stocks of talent and skilled labour, the impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the disruption of transnational labour mobility networks and regional disparities …

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Innovation Nations: The Argument for Collaboration with Vietnam

In a post-COVID-19 world, Australia must reenvisage its global trade relationships, seeking out emerging innovation partners by leveraging new age commodities in travel and transport. Such partners are at our doorstep, and we should start with Vietnam. Despite long-held forecasting of the inevitability of future pandemics, it seems many states – blinded by desire for …

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They left and returned for a reason: Thoughts on Vietnamese-Australian Diasporas reconnecting with their roots

AAYLF delegate from Vietnam Nguyễn Minh Tiến (Tony) shares his insights about the key challenges in preserving and celebrating Vietnamese culture and identity within the Australian diaspora community.  “When mentioning the [Vietnam] war, a million people feel happy but another million feel miserable.” This saying of the former Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam …

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Refugees in Southeast Asia: Avenues for Action in ASEAN and Australia

Beneath the glitzy, modern towers of central Jakarta, with the sun reflecting its heat upon the ground, a handful of tents are perched on the side of the road, right next to the UNHCR building in Kebon Sirih. These tents however are not temporary; these have been the permanent homes for many refugees stranded in …

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Experiences and Application Tips with Australia Awards recipient Patricia Aliño

Patricia Aliño is a Filipino from Davao City, in the Philippines. She is currently studying at the University of Sydney through the Australia Awards Scholarship taking up a her masters degree in Peace and conflict studies. She works for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process – the agency mandated to oversee, …

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