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…

Will Australia’s election make any difference to its foreign policy?

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on 2 May 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

The traditional conception of foreign policy choice is that it is embedded in the DNA of nation states, where they sit in the international community and how they calculate their interests in international affairs. Read more…

Trump and the future of US power in the Pacific

Donald Trump waves to supporters at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada on 10 January 2016 (Photo: flickr/Darron Birgenheier).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

The rise of Donald Trump from ‘joke’ candidate to the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party in the US presidential election primaries has come as a shock not only to the US political establishment, but also globally to those who worry about what a Trump presidency might mean beyond the borders of the United States. Read more…

Strike one for trade agreements in Northeast Asia

South Korean President Park Geun-hye walks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to hold a trilateral summit at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, 1 November 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

Northeast Asia is a geo-politically complicated region. The two Asian giants Japan and China have at best a difficult political relationship. South Korea has unresolved history issues with Japan. The cross-Strait relationship between Taiwan and China appears to be improving but will always have to be treated with care. Read more…

India buys into deeper, if restrained, US defence ties

Indian prime minster Narendra Modi speaks as US President Barack Obama looks on during a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India on 25 January 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

The dream of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ idea has been peddled around New Delhi over the past few years by military enthusiasts from Canberra to Washington. But the concept of extended US naval and military power stretching across the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, with a land-stop in Australia, augmented by quadrilateral partners and allies in the region was never an easy sell. Read more…

Size and Japanese power

A man uses a demon mask to make a baby cry during the Nakizumo or crying baby contest at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo on 29 April 2016. Japan’s low fertility rate and ageing population poses challenges to continued economic growth. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

In 2008, the Japanese population peaked at 128 million. Already Japan has a million fewer people today than it did then. With the workforce shrinking even faster — almost 10 million lower than at its peak in 1997 — and the proportion of the population over 60 years old now at more than one-third of the total population, per capita income growth has stagnated. Read more…