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…

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…

No joy from Asian growth without supply-side reform

A Myanmar worker leans on a pile of cement bags on a boat near a jetty of Yangon river on 17 December 2014. Realising Asia’s growth potential requires ambition and the will within Asian polities to undertake the next round of reforms. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, ANU

The global economic outlook may be grim but it would be grimmer still but for Asian economic growth. There’s no dynamic growth pole anywhere else in the world and global uncertainties have increased around the rise of Donald Trump in North America and Brexit in Europe. Read more…

Can Modi deliver on Indian growth?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on the country's Independence Day in New Delhi, India. After two years of the Modi government, the Indian economy presents a mixed picture. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research

After two years of the Modi government, the Indian economy presents a mixed picture. Despite claims that it is the fastest growing large economy in the world, doubts linger about its actual health. Read more…

Are gender quotas helping female politicians in Asia?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye walks after offering incense to the victims of the Korean War during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Korean Memorial Day at the Seoul National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, 6 June 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Netina Tan, McMaster University

In January 2016, Tsai Ing-wen made history after being elected as Taiwan’s first female president. Several women before her such as Park Geun-hye in South Korea, Ying-luck Shinawatra in Thailand and Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar have all risen to top political leadership in recent years. Read more…

Religion, gender and the state in Indonesia

Muslim women read the Quran during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, 9 June 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Kathryn Robinson, ANU

Religious identity and gender relations are integral to women’s experiences of citizenship in Indonesia. While around 88 per cent of Indonesia’s population is Muslim, it is emphatically not an Islamic state, in which state law and Islamic law are coterminous. Read more…

India needs to harness the market instead of fighting it

A Mising tribal woman weaves a traditional 'Mekhela-Chadar' garment on her loom ahead of Rongali Bihu celebrations in Sivasagar, Assam, India.

Author: Mark Fabian, ANU

Despite historical misadventures with socialism and recent positive experiences with liberalisation, India continues to regularly fight the market. The most recent example is the Delhi government’s move to ban Uber’s surge pricing, a regulation that can only result in a net social loss. Read more…