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The tiger cubs and the wooden spoon: The case for ASEAN-Australia 4.0

Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, is rapidly developing and the consequences for laggards are dire: for ASEAN, the missed opportunity sums to more than $600 billion by 2025; for Australia, it is an economic, people, and political cost that could fulfill Lee Kuan Yew’s portentous words in 1980. To best capture …

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The Geopolitics of the COVID-19 Pandemic: ASEAN’s ‘Solidarity Diplomacy’ from A Cambodian Youth Perspective

The COVID-19 pandemic has added another new geopolitical feature to Sino-American strategic competition in the current context. Through their diplomacy of solidarity among internal members and other dialogue partners, ASEAN states have proved to the world that they are not taking sides in the strategic rivalry between Beijing and Washington. When the global pandemic is …

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Why Japan-ASEAN Relations are Important for Regional Security

As the long tenure of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo comes to an end in September 2020, it is worth examining what his leadership has achieved regarding the relationship between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This partnership is incredibly important for stability and the maintenance of free and open seas in …

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Understanding the soft power opportunity of international students in Australia

International students present a crucial opportunity for states to further their soft power. Australia stands in a unique position to capture this opportunity with an abundance of interest from students in the Indo-Pacific region. Whilst Australian governments have previously recognised this with initiatives such as the Colombo Plan and the Australia Awards, the COVID-19 crisis …

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The Role of Anaerobic Digestion in a Regional Manufacturing Supply Web

Fermentation of waste could be the answer to sustainable energy, waste management, and economic development in the Indo-Pacific region. This technology also fits perfectly with the concept of a ‘supply web’ throughout the region, providing a de-risked, diversified alternative to traditional linear supply chains. A regional supply web is the concept of having a supply …

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Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong: A global threat

Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong is fast becoming a global health threat that requires a unified regional response. The health security in one country is not contained by their borders. This realises the crucial role global and regional health efforts play in disease eradication. The World Health Organisation recognise Malaria as the 10th …

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Climate Revolution in the Indo-Pacific: An Asian Champion?

Like a child too young to comprehend object permanence, so has humanity thus far approached the evident threat of climate change; if it cannot be seen, it does not exist. Worse still, even when the impacts of climate change have been made clear, they have been consistently rebuffed and downplayed. Rather than continuing the imitation …

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It’s time to press reset on Australia’s treatment of refugees

Australia’s management of people seeking asylum has leant towards policies that are costly, inhumane, and in contempt of international law. They’re certainly not constructive for our regional relationships either. It’s time to reset and find better solutions in collaboration with our neighbours. Tight borders, restricted movement, stay-at-home orders, a loss of freedom. These aren’t only …

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Why Australia Should Strengthen Environmental Protections: Considering the Indo-Pacific

As Australia balances economic recovery post-COVID and our obligations to policy areas such as healthcare, welfare and education, many policies and programs have been caught in the crossfire. Environmental policy is no exception. While many economies struggle due to COVID-19, discussion of regional collaboration to protect our environment becomes increasingly important. On 3 September 2020, …

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