Global Issues

ICC pushes probe on the Philippines’ drug war
ICC pushes probe on the Philippines’ drug war
In a June resolution, the International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan asked to resume an investigation into former president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which was…
ASEAN governments need to act on Myanmar
ASEAN governments need to act on Myanmar
On my first trip to Myanmar for Human Rights Watch in 2012, I met the activist and writer Kyaw Min Yu (known as Ko Jimmy), who had recently been released from prison. It was a…
Rise of the Extreme Right – The new global extremism and the threat to democracy
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Rise of the Extreme Right – The new global extremism and the threat to democracy
The New Global Extremism and the Threat to Democracy. A Lowy Institute Paper, published by Penguin.
Unpacking China’s Global Development Initiative
Unpacking China’s Global Development Initiative
Overshadowed somewhat by the ongoing attention on China’s development efforts in the Pacific, last month China’s President Xi Jinping hosted a virtual High-Level Dialogue on…
What Vietnam can learn from Thailand’s fight against illegal fishing
What Vietnam can learn from Thailand’s fight against illegal fishing
Illegal fishing activities conducted by Vietnamese vessels have spiked during the first six months of 2022, with most boats caught encroaching into the waters of Indonesia,…
Support Pacific neighbours by strengthening indigenous food systems
Support Pacific neighbours by strengthening indigenous food systems
Across the island states of the Pacific, indigenous food systems have been shaped and refined over centuries to make the most of bountiful natural resources without exhausting…
ASEAN and pandemic recovery: Economy before strategic rivalry
ASEAN and pandemic recovery: Economy before strategic rivalry
The sweeping consequences of Covid-19 have carried a devastating cost right across the world, but especially for less-developed countries that began the crisis at a disadvantage…
Engaging with the Pacific: the legal angle
Engaging with the Pacific: the legal angle
One tool that is often overlooked in Australia-Pacific cooperation is the role of legal engagement, including support for local capacity and enhancing international legal…
Why India needs a refugee law
Why India needs a refugee law
According to United Nations estimates, India hosts almost 213,000 refugees and asylum seekers, most hailing from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China or Myanmar. India’s location in…
An element of doubt? Rare earths targeted in disinfo campaign
An element of doubt? Rare earths targeted in disinfo campaign
The US cybersecurity firm Mandiant recently issued a fresh warning about an ongoing influence campaign comprising a network of thousands of inauthentic social media accounts…