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Publication type: Research

Title: Imagining an Indian National Security Strategy: the sum of its parts

Author(s): Medcalf, R

Excerpt:

India’s power and interests continue to grow in the Indo-Pacific region and globally, yet its national security policymaking approaches have not kept pace. These may have been barely adequate for India’s twentieth-century experience as a regional power tending towards strategic restraint, but currently constrain India from being able to harness its considerable national capabilities to protect larger and more complex interests.

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Published

Title: The Sri Lankan civil war and Australia's migration policy response: a historical case study with contemporary implications

Author(s): Betts, Judith and Higgins, Claire

Excerpt:

Sri Lanka’s civil war lasted almost 26 years and cost tens of thousands of lives. Since the end of the war in 2009, several thousand asylum seekers from Sri Lanka have sought protection in Australia, but both Labor and Liberal/National Coalition governments have taken a restrictive approach to their arrival and have expressed support for the Sri Lankan government.

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Published

Title: Does growth in non-profit institutions improve government transparency? A case study from Vietnam

Author(s): Nguyen, Khac Giang; Nguyen, Quang Thai and Nguyen, Thanh Tung

Excerpt:

Non-profit institutions have long been believed to significantly contribute to good governance practice, particularly in transitional or authoritarian countries. Nevertheless, there has been a lack of sufficient empirical evidence to support that claim. This article uses Vietnam as a case study to examine the linkage between a rising number of non-profit institutions and the improvement of good governance practice by analysing impacts of non-profit institutions’ development on government’s transparency at the provincial level from 2011 to 2014.

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Published

Title: A little less conversation? Track II Dialogue and transboundary water governance

Author(s): Hanasz, Paula

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Foreign aid donors are increasingly investing in the good governance of freshwater resources in developing countries. One method used by many such programs is Track II Dialogue—informal discussions between government and non-government stakeholders facilitated by a neutral third party.

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Published

Title: China's disinterested government and the rule of law

Author(s): Mazur, Joseph and Ursu, Ance-Elena

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This article seeks to understand how China has managed to achieve such high rates of growth over the past four decades despite the absence of a veritable rule of law. A large body of research suggests that a strong rule of law is a key prerequisite for sustained economic development, but China’s unique political economy which vests limited power in its judiciary seems to defy conventional wisdom on this count.

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Working paper

Title: China’s evolving role in global production networks: implications for Trump's trade war

Author(s): Prema-chandra Athukorala

Excerpt:

This paper examines China’s evolving role in global production networks and its implications for assessing the potential impact of the ‘trade war’ declared by President Trump. The analysis, which is based on a systematic disaggregation of trade based on global production sharing into components and final assembly, suggests that the Sino-US trade gap is a structural phenomenon driven by the pivotal role played by China within East Asia centered production networks. The global competitiveness of US

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Working paper

Title: Intergenerational effect of education reform program and maternal education on children’s educational and labor outcomes: evidence from Nepal

Author(s): Vinish Shrestha,Rashesh Shrestha

Excerpt:

We examine a potential intergenerational determinant of child labor by investigating the effect of maternal education on children0s educational and labor outcomes. To account for endogeneity of mother’s education, we use the Nepal Education System Plan (NESP) (1971), one of the first education reforms in the country, as an exogenous source of variation. We find that NESP

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Early release

Title: Dragon versus Elephant: a comparative study of Chinese and Indian aid in the Pacific

Author(s): Zhang, Denghua and Shivakumar, Hemant

Excerpt:

The growing scale of development assistance programs of China and India has attracted increased global attention. Research on their aid to the Pacific Island Countries, however, is largely missing. Whether their aid programs in the Pacific region are similar or significantly different—in terms of aim and scope—deserves investigation. Also, current literature on Chinese and Indian trilateral cooperation—a relatively new aid modality—is almost non-existent.

Date of publication: 2017

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