Author: Aurelia George Mulgan, UNSW
Author: Stephen Costello, George Washington University
Author: Chaula Rininta Anindya, RSIS
Author: Kanti Bajpai, National University of Singapore
Authors: Jenny D Balboa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Shinji Takenaka, Japan Center for Economic Research
Author: James Guild, RSIS
In the current flurry of summitry involving North Korea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s generally hardline approach makes Japan the odd man out. But that trend is beginning to change.
Author: Yoshihide Soeya, Keio University
Hong Kong’s position in China’s governance framework is becoming clearer. Mainland authorities have achieved a degree of jurisdiction over Hong Kong through a repertoire of different initiatives that may ultimately affect the city’s reputation as a global business hub. If Hong Kong becomes more like a mainland city, will foreign countries still find it an attractive place to do business?
Author: Peter TY Cheung, University of Hong Kong
Overwhelmingly Christian, the Philippines has long contended with armed resistance by organised movements of Philippine Muslims. Under the first-ever president elected from the Muslim-majority island of Mindanao, Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine government has managed to pass a law supported by both Muslim separatist movements, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), leading to hopes for peace and greater development in the southern Philippines.
Author: Steven Rood, ANU
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has continued with her ‘relentlessly positive’ approach in both rhetoric and policy, demonstrating poise and grace while dealing effectively with an opposition National Party. Opposition leader Simon Bridges is a distant second (in single digits) in ‘preferred prime minister’ polls, with his continued leadership in jeopardy.
Author: Stephen Levine, Victoria University