Towards a European model for investor–state disputes?

Author: Luke Nottage, University of Sydney

Public debate over how best to manage the interests of foreign investors and host states has resurfaced in Australia. Most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs), like those of many other Asia-Pacific economies, follow a US approach Read more…

Preparing for the worst: disaster education in Japan


Author: Kaori Kitagawa, University of East London

As a country prone to natural disasters, especially earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons, Japan has a long history of disaster education. But what does Japan’s public disaster education look like and how should it be further developed?

Read more…

Cambodia’s devastating economic land concessions

A Cambodian farmer works at a rice field in Kandal province, Cambodia, 24 June 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Andreas Neef, University of Auckland

Conflicts over land and natural resources remain the most contentious issue in Cambodia today. Since the early 2000s, large swathes of land have been allocated by the government to domestic and foreign investors in the form of economic land concessions (ELCs). Read more…

Will size matter in Japan’s upper house election?

LDP candidate Junko Mihara, and LDP leader and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, raise joined hands during a campaign event for July’s House of Councillors elections outside Sakuragicho Station on 27 June 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Purnendra Jain, University of Adelaide

The 2016 triennial House of Councillors or upper house election is set to test Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy and popularity. Although the House of Councillors is less powerful than the House of Representatives, past prime ministers have been forced to resign after poor electoral results in the upper house. Read more…

Three more arrows to revive the Japanese economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with supporters after he delivered a campaign speech ahead of the 10 July upper house election. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Shiro Armstrong, ANU

Prime Minister Abe is attempting to revitalise the Japanese economy after two decades of stagnant growth. In December 2012 he launched the reform program that became known as Abenomics, consisting of monetary policy aimed at reflating the economy, flexible fiscal policy with medium-term fiscal consolidation and structural reform. Read more…

Can Asia shield the world against Europe’s Brexit woes?

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street, London, where he announced his resignation after Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

The shock of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (EU) will reverberate around the world for decades to come. And Asia isn’t immune. The direct effect on stock markets and exchange rates around the region is a modest harbinger, but that’s only the beginning. Brexit puts the future of the European enterprise and of the United Kingdom itself in doubt. Read more…

Is the Indian economy a pack of cards?

Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, reacts during a media conference in Mumbai on 2 February 2016. Rajan’s shock announcement last week that he will be stepping down raises doubts about the Indian government's commitment to structural reforms. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

The surprise announcement last week that Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, was stepping down sent shockwaves around the world. Rajan, a brilliant academic who came from the University of Chicago to take up the appointment under the Singh government, was credited with stabilising the economy and turning inflation around. Read more…