Realistic risk assessment key to fighting IS in Southeast Asia

People hold up flowers and shout ‘we are not afraid’ during a rally at the scene of a bombing attack that killed two civilians the day before, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 15 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Joseph Liow, RSIS

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon in Southeast Asia, but goes as far back as the era of anti-colonial struggle. It gathered pace after September 11 with a series of attacks perpetrated mostly by the Al-Qaeda linked organisation Jemaah Islamiyah. Read more…

Australia–France security ties find new depth

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speak during a joint press conference in the Prime Ministers Courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra, 2 May 2016. Australia awarded French shipbuilder DCNS a $50 billion contract to build 12 new conventionally-powered submarines. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sam Bateman, RSIS

Australia’s decision to award the French firm DCNS the contract to design and build new submarines for its Navy was a controversial one. DCNS will build a scaled down conventional version of its Barracuda-class nuclear submarine with all, or most, of the submarine to be built in Adelaide, South Australia. Read more…

China’s global economic impact is no longer state-owned

View of the headquarters building of Fosun Group in Shanghai, China, 22 May 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Paul Hubbard, ANU

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are often thought to dominate the Chinese market, with profound implications for the global economy. The US–China Economic and Security Review Commission stated that ‘Soviet-style, top-down planning remains a hallmark of China’s economic and political system’. Read more…

Rule of law deficit behind voter dismay in Philippines

Supporters of Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte shouts slogans as they wait outside a bank in Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Monday, 2 May 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Imelda Deinla, ANU

One thing that the current presidential campaign in the Philippines has highlighted is how liberal democracy Philippines-style continues to fail to deliver rule of law. The rule of law is, and has always been, at the centre of the discourse on the Philippine elections. Read more…

Why China’s e-commerce rules have exporters in a flurry

Stacks of shipping containers are seen at the Port of Qingdao in Qingdao city, in east China's Shandong province. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Ryan Manuel, ANU

Many travellers’ favourite game involves finding original ways of increasing the amount of duty-free goods they bring through customs. Here in Australia, for example, we appear so fascinated by customs procedures that the reality TV show Border Security is in its 15th season, and has been exported to nearly a dozen countries. Read more…

Why Japan needs India’s talents

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their meeting in New Delhi, India, 12 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Anthony P. D’Costa, University of Melbourne

There is a popular saying among Indians that ‘Dubai is the best-run Indian city’. Hundreds of thousands of Indians, as well as others from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, have been making a living in the Gulf region through temporary contract labour. Read more…

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talk during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Cina, 07 April 2016. The current Sri Lankan administration is pursuing a more ‘balanced’ foreign policy, following the pro-Chinese orientation of the previous Rajapaksa administration. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Patrick Mendis, Harvard University, and Dániel Balázs, Tongji University

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations. Read more…