Publication in Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

Singapore: niche diplomacy through water expertise

Authors: Mely Caballero-Anthony and P. K. Hangzo, RSIS

Through strategic planning and investment in research and technology, strong political will, and effective governance, Singapore has emerged from water insecurity to become a global hydrohub.

It has built a robust and diversified range of water sources and has successfully addressed its water challenges in the process. Read more…

How will the 2013 Malaysian election affect the economy?

Author: Shankaran Nambiar, Kuala Lumpur

Senior economists at investment houses JP Morgan Securities and Eastspring Investments Berhad have been quoted as saying that investors will act negatively if the opposition wins the upcoming Malaysian election.

However, it is too simplistic to say that a victory for the opposition will have a completely positive or absolutely negative effect on the Malaysian economy. Read more…

Why Indian jingoism is increasing

Author: Tridivesh Singh Maini, New Delhi

India can take pride in its strong and vigilant middle class, which has lent active support to social campaigns against issues such as corruption.

Only a few weeks ago, India’s youth and sections of the middle class took to the streets when the government reacted in an extremely insensitive manner to the rape of a 23-year-old medical student. Read more…

Saving the fish in Asia and the Pacific

Author: Tom Kompas, ANU

Fisheries play an increasingly important role in human societies worldwide.

The world fish food supply has grown dramatically over the last five decades at an average rate of 3.2 per cent per year, well surpassing the world’s average population growth of 1.7 per cent per year. Read more…

The Delhi gang rape can be explained by India’s gender ideologies

Author: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, ANU

Riding a bus in New Delhi was always intimidating.

I still remember how, in the early 1990s, a largish, unknown man just flopped on my lap on the aisle seat. Read more…

Australian energy: the benefits of being Asia’s next-door neighbour

Author: Fatih Birol, IEA

The global energy map is being redrawn.

The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2012 (WEO-2012) projects that resurgent oil and gas production in the United States, which temporarily overtakes Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer before 2020, to be a key engine of change in energy markets. Read more…

Too much legitimacy can hurt global trade

Author: Arvind Subramanian, PIIE

The list of candidates to succeed Pascal Lamy as director-general of the WTO has just been finalised.


Astonishingly, not one of the nine aspirants is from the world’s four biggest trading entities — the United States, Europe, Japan or China — even though together they account for more than 55 per cent of global merchandise exports. Read more…

Can China keep growing?

Author: Peter Drysdale, Editor, East Asia Forum

There was much breathless speculation towards the end of last year about whether China’s growth was running out of puff. Read more…

Unfinished reform threatens Chinese growth

Author: Ligang Song, ANU

At 7.8 per cent, China’s GDP growth rate in 2012 was slightly higher than the target rate of 7.5 per cent set by the government earlier in the year; its average consumer price index fell to less than 3 per cent, one percentage point lower than the government target; and its industrial value-added output increased by 10 per cent. Read more…

The Post-2015 Development Agenda

Author: Dandy Rafitrandi, CSIS

In July 2012, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was appointed as co-chair of a UN panel charged with establishing a new plan to eradicate poverty.

Along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he is to give advice to the UN on the framework, Read more…

Trade and productivity growth is vital to feeding Asia

Author: Kym Anderson, University of Adelaide

Rapid trade-led economic growth in emerging economies is shifting the global economic and industrial centres of gravity away from the north Atlantic, raising the importance of Asia in world trade, and altering the commodity structure of Asia’s trade.

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The problem with two Asias

Authors: Evan A. Feigenbaum, Paulson Institute, and Robert A. Manning, Atlantic Council

Amitav Acharya’s essay, ‘Why Two Asias May be Better Than None’, uses our recent article in Foreign Policy, ‘A Tale of Two Asias’, as a conceptual framework for thinking about the future of this dynamic and important region.

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Pivots, progress and partners in South Asia

Author: Sandy Gordon, ANU

The Indian economy continued to struggle through 2012. Growth remained sluggish at about 5.3 per cent of GDP for the September quarter (year on year).

Although starting to fall, inflation — always politically sensitive in India — remains high.

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Agricultural transformation in Asia

Author: C. Peter Timmer, Harvard University and ANU

Food security is not a viable social objective unless it is also a profitable undertaking for input suppliers such as fertiliser and seed dealers, farmers who grow the crops and the traders, processors, wholesalers and retailers who market the output.

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China’s bureaucratic reforms to test Xi’s power

Author: Francesco Sisci, Beijing

In March 2013, during the first plenary session of the Chinese parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), it’s expected that China will launch its largest administrative reform since 1998.

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