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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El Ponchis, Mexico’s first ‘El Niño Sicario”, confessed to slitting the throats of his victims, what happened to him?

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat material from Vanguardia and Borderland Beat Archives Proceso The tragic story of ‘El Ponchis’, the boy hitman who learned to murder at age 11 … ‘at first I felt horrible…’ At just 11 years old, Edgar Jiménez Lugo, ‘El Ponchis’, was the first case of child hitmen known and documented in Mexico; the […]

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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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