Recent research

Publication type: Published

Title: The impact of the economic crisis on micro, small, and medium enterprises and their crisis mitigation measures in Southeast Asia with reference to Indonesia

Author(s): Tambunan, Tulus T. H.

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The literature on the impact of the economic crisis on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and how they deal with it is still limited. Focusing on the 1997–1998 Asian financial crisis and the 2008–2009 global financial crisis, this study aims to fill this gap. There are two key questions: how these two economic crises have affected MSMEs and what were then their crisis mitigation (CM) measures. To answer these questions, this study reviews experiences in several countries in Southeast Asia with the impacts of these two crises on MSMEs and their responses to the crises.

Date of publication: 2018

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Journal of the Indian Ocean Region

Publication type: Journal Article

Title: Give light, and the darkness will disappear: *Australia’s quest for maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean

Author(s): David Brewster

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There is a growing understanding among maritime security practitioners of the importance of Maritime Domain Awareness(MDA) as an essential enabler of maritime security. This article describes Australia’s efforts to develop an integrated national MDA system that brings together data and intelligence from a range of military and civil agencies and commercial sources to which a risk-based assessment is applied. This has become an essential tool to combat transnational maritime security threats in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere.

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Early release

Title: Three turns in the evolution of China–Russia presidential pseudo‐alliance

Author(s): Baev, Pavel K.

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The unique quality of relations between Russia and China cannot be captured by the term “partnership,” but the development of high‐level ties does not signify a process of alliance building. The two states stand, in geopolitical terms, back‐to‐back to each other, as Russia gives priority attention to the confrontation on its Western theatre and China focuses of security matters in East Asia and trade relations with the United States. The China–Russia presidential pseudo‐alliance has experienced at least three major turns in its development since the middle of this decade.

Date of publication: 2018

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Australian Journal of International Affairs

Publication type: Journal Article

Title: Australia and China: understanding the reality check

Author(s): Rory Medcalf

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Where are Australia-China relations headed?

After national controversies over foreign influence and interference, Australia has changed the way it engages with China. Professor Rory Medcalf takes us through the causes and consequences of this reality check, and dispels seven myths in the national debate on China. He examines how Canberra can move relations with Beijing forward under the new normal that has been established.

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Published

Title: The Belt and Road Initiative: what is in it for China?

Author(s): Johnston, Lauren A.

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China’s outbound investment exceeded inbound investment for the first time in 2015. In years leading up this transition, a maturing demographic transition alongside slowing internal migration and diminishing returns to physical capital investment, all had a role in China’s diminished competitiveness in low‐wage manufactured exports and the fading of the related growth model. In that context, the 2013 launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) took place in two stages in two developing countries, Kazakhstan and Indonesia.

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Published

Title: A new frontier in digital activism: An exploration of digital feminism in Fiji

Author(s): Brimacombe, Tait; Kant, Romitesh; Finau, Glenn; Tarai, Jope and Titifanue, Jason

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Social media has become a crucial feature of the Pacific islands in the 21st century, providing people with the means to demand greater accountability and transparency and offering an alternative platform through which to engage in policy processes, dialogue, and debate. Increasing social media access and use has altered the existing media and communications landscape, with implications for mainstream media reporting, censorship, and citizen voice. This paper explores this phenomenon through an examination of the digital activism practices of a group of women’s rights activists in Fiji.

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Early release

Title: The Pacific islands in the twenty‐first century

Author(s): Dornan, Matthew and Duncan, Ron

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Editorial for the APPS Special Issue The Pacific islands in the twenty-first century

Date of publication: 2018

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Publication type: Published

Title: Australia's north, Australia's future: a vision and strategies for sustainable economic, ecological and social prosperity in northern Australia

Author(s): Chambers, Ian; Russell-Smith, Jeremy; Costanza, Robert; Cribb, Julian; Kerins, Sean; George, Melissa; James, Glenn; Pedersen, Howard; Lane, Paul; Christopherson, Peter; Ansell, Jennifer and Sangha, Kamaljit

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The release of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change agreement highlighted the importance of global sustainability internationally. Here, we outline a vision and strategies for developing northern Australia that demonstrate how a focus on sustainable prosperity can both expand historical approaches and current government plans and integrate the biophysical realities with the social, political, and cultural characteristics of the region.

Date of publication: 2018

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