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Asia-Pacific

Report

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.
Report

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...
Briefing paper

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.
Working paper

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.
Conference proceedings

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.
Guide

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

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...
Journal article

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...

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...
Policy report

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

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.
Policy report

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...
Book

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.
Report

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...
Discussion paper

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...
Briefing paper

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...
Report

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.
Report

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.
Discussion paper

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...
Policy report

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.