Working paper

Did the great influenza of 1918-1920 trigger a reversal of the first era of globalisation?

In this paper, the author revisits the 1918-20 pandemic and ask whether it led to a reversal in the rise of trade and financial globalisation that preceded it.
Policy report

Responding to trade coercion: a growing threat to the global trading system

As geopolitical tensions have increased in recent years, international trading relationships have become more politicised. Developed by an international group of eminent trade policy leaders, this paper outlines ten policy options – at the national, like-minded coalition and WTO levels – which can help governments...
Report

Reimagining the Japan relationship

This report suggests a new way for Australia to think about Japan, and what is needed to build the institutional support and infrastructure that is necessary for a deepening relationship.
Briefing paper

The trade implications of Mr Biden for New Zealand

This paper discusses the current and likely future trade relationship between New Zealand and the USA.
Report

Trade and investment trends in a decarbonising world

This report examines the global reorientation in trade and investment that is underway in the transition to net zero emissions, and considers what these trends mean for Australia.
Report

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province: a vanguard for advancing the Australia-Vietnam economic relationship

Ba Ria-Vung Tau (BVRT) province is an emerging economic hub in Vietnam, with new developments in infrastructure that make it a competitive destination for Australian investment. This report suggests that Western Australia in particular has a unique opportunity to boost ties, having signed a memorandum...
Policy report

Climatetiveness: what it takes for Canada to thrive in a net zero exporting world

Public policy has the crucial role to push the frontiers of innovation and technology in the name of winning the global race to net zero, which could be reflected in a new, low-carbon export strategy that marries domestic and international agendas. This policy paper makes...
Briefing paper

What is Australia bringing to COP26?

This briefing argues that the Australian government will face growing pressure at the COP26 conference to not just increase its 2030 target, but act in good faith on other key negotiating priorities like markets, finance and adaptation.
Report

Markets are moving: the economic costs of Australia's climate inaction

This report looks at the economic impact that carbon border tariffs could have on Australia’s economy if appropriate measures are not taken to act on climate change now, in line with other key trading allies.
Report

Doing business: external panel review

This report quantifies business regulations in a comparable way across eleven dimensions and 191 countries, in order to stimulate policy reform. This review recommends a major overhaul of the program and the way in which the annual indicators are assessed.
Strategy

A blueprint for trade and investment with Indonesia

This document provides practical and strategic guidance for Australian businesses considering market opportunities in the Indonesian economy for the first time. It also helps Australian business take advantage of complementarities between the two economies, laws and regulations.
Report

A geoeconomic alliance: the potential and limits of economic statecraft

This policy report explains the concept of geoeconomic statecraft and the evolution of geoeconomic thinking from classical political economy, through the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, and in the more contemporary context of US-China strategic rivalry.
Report

One region, one family, one future: deepening relations with the Pacific nations through trade

The global coronavirus pandemic has closed borders across the Pacific region since 2020 and subsequently disrupted tourism and trade between Australia and many Pacific island countries. This report outlines the significant role the Australian economy may be able to play in the region, through improved...
Report

New beginnings: rethinking business and trade in an era of strategic clarity and rolling disruption

This special report considers the relationship between Australia's business and trade positioning in the context of the impacts of COVID-19, natural disasters and the actions of coercive trading partners.
Report

Australian sovereign capability and supply chain resilience: perspectives and options

This report has been prepared to provide analysis of the nature, definitions and requirements of Australian sovereign capability in five key industry domains. The broad goal is to determine what Australia must be able to build, make, control or know, in order to guarantee its...
Report

Correcting the course: how the Biden Administration should compete for influence in the Indo-Pacific

This paper argues that countries in the Indo-Pacific region are looking to the Biden Administration to finally deliver on the Indo-Pacific 'pivot' that Washington has been promising for a decade.
Report

The digital decide: how to agree on WTO rules for digital trade

Although digital trade is growing exponentially internationally, the “regulatory restrictions on international digital trade are growing equally, if not more, rapidly” (Lovelock, 2020). This report argues that World Trade Organization rules are much needed to limit these restrictions on digital trade by drawing agreed lines...
Report

Vulnerable supply chains: Productivity Commission study report

The Productivity Commission was asked to examine the nature and source of risks to the effective functioning of the Australian economy and Australian’s wellbeing associated with disruptions to global supply chains. This report considers the factors that make supply chains vulnerable, with a focus on...
Report

Could trade agreements help address the wicked problem of cross-border disinformation?

This paper looks at how policy-makers can use trade agreements to mitigate disinformation and spam, while implementing financial and trade sanctions against entities and countries that engage in disseminating cross-border disinformation.
Report

Peers not partners? Towards a deeper Australia-Korea partnership

This publication is a recommendations and outcomes report from a policy dialogue hosted jointly with the Perth USAsia Centre and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in May 2021.