Implications of the Indonesian Presidential Elections
By Natalie Sambhi
It is important Indonesia remains engaged in both regional and international affairs. It is uncertain what approach will be taken under a new administration. After a decade of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) presidency, Indonesia’s elections...
New Colombo Plan: Students on the Move
By Mark Darby
Launched in December last year, the Government’s $100m New Colombo Plan (NCP) initiative is already making strong progress against its main aim of getting more Australian undergraduates studying in the region. More than 300 students from 24...
Why East Asia Alienates Intellectuals
By Robert D. Kaplan
Asia is a place whose military tensions are built on economic success. From an intellectual point of view, it has been a sterile environment compared to other parts of the world. East Asia is arguably the most important part of the world. It...
The 2014 South African elections will deliver a win for the ruling African National Congress party. However, internal party divisions and economic woes will be among the challenges ahead. There is no doubt the African National Congress (ANC)...
The April parliamentary elections in Indonesia have attracted surprisingly little Australian media coverage, having been over-shadowed by the up-coming presidential elections in July. They are significant for what they reveal about the direction...
India’s Foreign Policy after the Elections
By Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia
While foreign policy has not figured among the key issues in the Indian elections, a new government will have to manage India's sometimes difficult relations with the United States, China, Pakistan and India’s South Asian neighbours. Depending...
Mixing with the MIKTAs
By Doris McDonald-Seaton, Melissa Conley Tyler
This week Australia participated in the second meeting of MIKTA, an informal grouping of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia. MIKTA emerged as a new vehicle for cooperation on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN General...
The Great Indian Election
By The Australia India Institute
Democracy was deemed unlikely for India as the country’s grinding poverty and the diversity of its ethnic, religious, caste and linguistic identities were thought to be insurmountable obstacles. Yet nearly seven decades later, flanked by...