COVID-19 and cross-border mobility in the APEC region: addressing uncertainties at the border
This report presents an overview of COVID-19 border policies in the APEC region as of mid-late-2022, analyses travel trends to the region, and estimates the impacts of border policies on visitor arrivals.
Australia and the Pacific: shaping a shared future
The Pacific will always be an area of great strategic significance for Australia. Peace and stability in Pacific island countries goes to the heart of Australia’s security, prosperity and national interest. This report suggests the need for Australian policy-makers to think big to achieve a...
Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic: a renewed agenda for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP)
This policy brief explores some of the most pressing challenges affecting trade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides policy recommendations to overcome them.
Contributing to regional decarbonization: Australia’s potential to supply zero-carbon commodities to the Asia-Pacific
This paper investigates three pathways by which Australia could export zero-carbon energy and products: direct exports of renewable electricity via sub-sea cables, exports of zero-carbon fuels (such as green hydrogen), and the export of 'green' metals processed from Australian ores using renewable energy.
APEC Workshop on evaluating energy technologies, programs and policies
This project organised and hosted four two-hour online workshops in September 2021 to bring together policy-makers and evaluation practitioners to highlight evaluation methods and analysis, and the evaluation of energy technologies, programs and policies. The workshop focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
APEC guiding principles for research integrity
This publication provides a set of high-level, voluntary principles, to guide research integrity for APEC economies, including a common understanding of key research integrity definitions for the APEC region’s research community.
Report of the Inquiry into the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific
This report examines Australia’s important ongoing role in the Pacific, in the light of the recently announced 'Pacific Step-up'. In particular, it focuses on the role of civil society, the advancement of the human rights of women and girls, and the effectiveness of Australia’s overseas...
Palliative care education in the Asia Pacific: challenges and progress towards palliative care development
While access to palliative care is recognized internationally as a human right, from a global health perspective, there are many gaps within the professional services that provide palliative care together with corresponding health inequities for people needing to access palliative care. Palliative care development, or...
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...
The fake news crisis: lessons for Australia from the Asia-Pacific
Online misinformation is an extremely complex and multilayered problem that defies simple, one-size fits all solutions. This policy brief argues that effective mitigation can only be achieved through multi-pronged strategies involving collaboration and cooperation between governments, policy-makers, digital platforms and community-based organisations.
Report of the Inquiry into Australia's defence relationships with Pacific Island nations
This report and its recommendations reflect the committee’s belief that Australia’s defence relationships in the Pacific are extremely important and becoming increasingly so, and that additional efforts can and should be made to ensure the security of our region in the years to come.
Elections during crisis: global lessons from the Asia-Pacific
During 2020 states the world over learned just how challenging it can be to organise full, free, and fair elections in the middle of a pandemic. This paper provides an overview of lessons from the Asia-Pacific region, which highlight innovations and emerging good practice, as...
The China alternative
In this book, 17 leading scholars analyse key dimensions of the changing relationship between China and the Pacific Islands, and explore the strategic, economic and diplomatic implications for regional actors.
Adapting Australia to an era of geoeconomic competition
Geoeconomics poses an historic challenge for Australian diplomacy. For three decades, Australia has benefited immensely from a cooperative, rules-based and liberalising economic order in the IndoPacific. While liberal settings have served Australia well during the era of cooperative economic relations, this paper argues that they...
The Biden Presidency and Australia’s security reset
The swearing-in of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States will signal a reset in the strategic relationship between Australia and its US partner. In this discussion paper, Allan Behm argues that Australia will need to do its own thinking, reinvesting in both...
ASPI notes for the Biden Administration
This document is designed to offer creative and practical ideas for how the United States might re-engage in the Asia Pacific, particularly in the critical first six months of the new administration. The administration will immediately face a range of challenges and opportunities in this...
Mapping Pacific contributions to UN peacekeeping
There’s a long and proud history of peacekeeping in the Pacific. This report argues that Australia should continue to work with Pacific counterparts to identify areas where they require support.
Global Security Forum 2020: a new era for U.S. alliances
This report argues that America's future alliance system will rely on both renewal of existing bedrock structures, and the addition of new purpose-built organisations and enduring coalitions, that focus on addressing key challenges in democratic institutions, supply chains, technology governance and other emerging issues.
Australia's defence policy after COVID-19
This discussion paper examines the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and the accompanying Force Structure Plan and Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030. The context for their discussion and recommendations is the strategic transition that Australia is undergoing and in the unfolding impact of the COVID...
Avoiding a Pacific lost decade: financing the Pacific’s COVID-19 recovery
This policy briefing argues that Australia should establish a $2 billion COVID-19 Pacific recovery financing facility, and advocate for other parts of the international community to increase their own contributions, to help the Pacific recover from the worst economic shock in the region’s modern history.
A second chance: getting Asia right for Australia in a post COVID-19 world
The Business Council of Australia and the Asia Society’s Asia Taskforce have released this interim report, which provides a blueprint for deeper engagement in the region, boosting trade and living standards, and building a strong economic recovery.
Reducing the risk of protracted and multiple disaster displacements in Asia-Pacific
This report explores multiple and protracted displacements caused by natural hazard-related disasters in Asia-Pacific, including those influenced by climate change and climate variability.
A cautious new approach: China's growing trilateral aid cooperation
This publication examines a little-known dimension of China’s foreign policy: trilateral aid cooperation.
Human rights in Asia-Pacfic
This document includes a detailed analysis of human rights developments in 25 countries and territories from the Asia-Pacific region.
International public broadcasting: a missed opportunity for projecting Australia’s soft power
This report argues that public international broadcasting still has an important place among Australia’s principal soft power tools, but the focus of the debate needs to shift from issues such as short wave and restoring Radio Australia, to a fresh approach.