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…

India’s waste management problems are piling up

Author: Sudhakar Yedla, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

India’s rapid economic growth has resulted in a substantial increase in solid waste generation in urban centres. Urban areas in India alone generate more than 100,000 metric tonnes of solid waste per day, which is higher than many countries’ total daily waste generation. Large metropoles such as Mumbai and Delhi generate around 9000 metric tonnes and 8300 metric tonnes per day respectively. Read more…

Mongolia makes the most of the middle position

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and their Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Heads of State Summit in Tajikistan, September 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Anthony Rinna, Sino-NK

On 14 April 2016 the foreign ministers of Mongolia and Russia signed what they termed a Medium-term Strategic Partnership Development Program in Ulaanbaatar. Plans to establish a strategic partnership between Mongolia and Russia date at least to September 2014, when the presidents of the two countries met in the Mongolian capital. Read more…

Mahathir should focus on institutions, not personalities

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad reading an anti-Prime Minister Najib Razak declaration during a media conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Shankaran Nambiar, MIER

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s former prime minister, seems to have missed the mark with the Citizen’s Declaration that he has so vigorously supported. The bulk of the Declaration is directed at Prime Minister Najib Razak and his alleged wrongdoings in connection with the beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Therein lies its fatal flaw.

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