Building on the modular design of DEPA

Author: Giridharan Ramasubramanian, ANU On 12 June 2020, three countries — Chile, New Zealand and Singapore — signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA), deepening their international cooperation on digital economy issues. One of the most unique aspects of DEPA is its innovative modular design, which trade policymakers in other countries should explore and build […]

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India squanders its comparative advantage

Author: John West, Sophia University East Asia’s successful economies have achieved astonishing economic growth through export-driven development. They have exploited their comparative advantage of having an abundance of lower-skilled labour to drive economic growth. India should be digging into its comparative advantage too. India is one of Asia’s later developers and similarly has an abundance […]

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Coping with COVID-19 the ASEAN way

Authors: Haridas Ramasamy and Wendy He, RSIS COVID-19 has called into question the practice of regionalism in Southeast Asia. The seemingly slow and reactive responses by ASEAN member states when the virus first hit Thailand on 13 January have led many to wonder if this regional multilateral organisation is up to the task of dealing […]

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Australia’s new defence geography

Author: Hugh White, ANU In one of its bolder steps, Australia’s new Defence Strategy and Force Structure Review is proposing a radical redefinition of the geographical reach of Australia’s strategic priorities. It rejects the expansive view of Canberra’s last major defence policy statement — the 2016 Defence White Paper — which accorded equal priority to […]

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Modernising the Philippine Navy

Author: Shang-Su Wu, RSIS The upcoming commission of two purpose built Jose Rizal-class frigates is unprecedented for the Philippines. Since independence, the Philippines has relied heavily on secondhand warships — mainly from the United States — to protect its large archipelagic land, waters and other maritime entitlements. But this strategy has proven flawed. Vessels decommissioned […]

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Safeguarding food security amid COVID-19

Authors: Kijin Kim, Sunae Kim and Cyn-Young Park, ADB The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the entire food value chain from farm to fork as lockdowns and export restrictions hit food supply chains across the Asia Pacific. This is adversely affecting consumers’ choice of food and posing immediate threats to food security for the poor and […]

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