Australian trade, investment & economy

Link start-ups ecosystems to build influence in Southeast Asia
Link start-ups ecosystems to build influence in Southeast Asia
In 2019, Indonesian President Joko Widodo surprised many when he appointed 35-year old Nadiem Makarim as Minister for Education and Culture. Makarim had risen to prominence as the…
EU in the driver’s seat on Indo-Pacific trade deals
EU in the driver’s seat on Indo-Pacific trade deals
Australia’s long-running free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with the European Union seem to be emerging from the hiatus they were plunged into by the Morrison government’s…
Economic diplomacy: Time for transparency on aid reform
Economic diplomacy: Time for transparency on aid reform
Coming to the aid Foreign Minister Penny Wong appears to have raised the stakes in the debate over a development finance institution (DFI) which has featured here on The…
Economic diplomacy: The Pacific beats ASEAN for nervous investors
Economic diplomacy: The Pacific beats ASEAN for nervous investors
Sticky money As the new Labor government oscillates between promoting investment in Southeast Asia to deepen security ties and trying to keep the Pacific family together in the…
Commentary
Why our economy can afford to stand up to China with Belt and Road veto
Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald. 
Lowy Institute Conversations: John Edwards and Jennifer Hewett on Australia’s economy after COVID-19
Podcasts
Lowy Institute Conversations: John Edwards and Jennifer Hewett on Australia’s economy after COVID-19
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, Roland Rajah, Lowy Institute lead economist, sits down with Dr John Edwards and Jennifer Hewitt to discuss Australia’s economy…
Managing Chinese economic risks means more than diversification
Managing Chinese economic risks means more than diversification
There is growing support for diversifying Australia’s economic ties with China in order to reduce the risks of economic coercion. The main bilateral economic ties are through…
Economic diplomacy: ASEAN trade, BRI deals and ageing Asia
Economic diplomacy: ASEAN trade, BRI deals and ageing Asia
When the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry surveyed its members last year about their use of trade agreements, the ASEAN-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement…
Economic diplomacy brief: Intelligence Review, econocrats back RCEP, in thrall to China and more
Economic diplomacy brief: Intelligence Review, econocrats back RCEP, in thrall to China and more
Spooky business The 1980s Hope inquiry first put economics on the agenda of Australian intelligence analysis but the latest Intelligence Review has taken this connection much…
Trans-Pacific Partnership in doubt, but does it matter?
The Peterson Institute in Washington has published a report on the international trade policies enunciated by the two US presidential candidates during their campaigns. Its…