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Towards a fairer and stronger TPP

The recently signed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreements for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the latest version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), presents the United States with a tremendous opportunity. Ultimately, the U.S participating in a living and breathing agreement like CPTPP would cement America's status as...
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Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific century: force 2030

This new Defence White Paper explains how the Government plans to strengthen the foundations of Australia's defence. It sets out the Government's plans for Defence for the next few years, and how it will achieve those plans. It provides an indication of the level of...
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The bipolar Pacific

The islands of the Pacific are in some cases prsoperous with good economies and education systems while others experience widespread illiteracy and some of the highest population growth rates in the world.The Pacific is bipolar, on almost every available indicator, the Pacific’s development path is...
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Australia's 'smart power': the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence

Michael G. Smith AO, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, discusses the way ahead for the Centre, set up in 2008 by the Rudd Government to develop 'national civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to conflicts and...
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Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific century: Force 2030 - friend in need or neighbourhood bully?

Vijay Naidu of the University of the South Pacific argues that the Australian Defence White Paper 2009 “does not successfully incorporate Australia's foreign and economic policies in its immediate neighbourhood as a possible source of instability and security risk." It "proposes the use of ADF...
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Design faults: the Asia Pacific's regional architecture, policy brief

The Asia Pacific region has too many regional organisations, yet they are still unable to do all the things required of them. This matters at a time when the rising power of China and India presents new challenges. There is a need for a new...
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Transnational crime in the Pacific Islands: real or apparent danger?

Transnational crime constitutes a challenge for even the most advanced industrial nations. The Pacific Islands are culturally, educationally and socially diverse, geographically isolated and sparsely populated. There is a degree of heterogeneity in their respective levels of governance, corruption and law enforcement capacity. Economic weaknesses...
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Up in smoke? Asia and the Pacific

The human drama of climate change will largely be played out in Asia, where over 60 per cent of the world’s population, around four billion people, live. Over half of those live near the coast, making them directly vulnerable to sea-level rise. Disruption to the...
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Asia-Pacific region at the privacy crossroads (2008)

The Asia-Pacific region has reached a significant crossroads regarding the protection of privacy. This article examines current privacy developments in the Asia-Pacific region and provides some analysis of the benefits and risks of pursuing either the EU or the US/APEC approach to privacy regulation. The...
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Knowledge economy opportunities for Australian firms in the Asia-Pacific

Australia cannot be complacent and must constantly look for opportunities that will enable today's small to medium firms to engage within the region and grow into the larger firms that will provide the bulk of our exports in the future. Indeed, argue Lyndal Thorburn and...