Category: South Asia Studies

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South Asia Studies

ASEAN Charter: deepening constitutionalism in Southeast Asia

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The growth of constitutionalism in Southeast Asia may seem slow or disorganised, but Marford Angeles and Michael Henry Yusingco consider its progress Over the years, much of the criticism levelled at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been over its principles of consensus and of non-interference with the internal affairs of member states. However, […]

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Japan and Australia eye bilateral relations through TPP prism

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As signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia and Japan are treading familiar ground, writes STACEY STEELE. Like many other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) published on 5 November 2015, Australia and Japan already have a bilateral trade treaty—the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). Signed on 8 July 2014, JAEPA only came into force on […]

South Asia Studies

Diving in at the deep end

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PAULA HANASZ questions the effectiveness of Australia’s initiatives to bring water security to South Asia. In the not too distant past, it seemed almost a truism that the wars of this century would be over water. While that fear has largely been replaced by a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of water conflict and […]

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Hong Kong struggles to control its fate

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The ball appears to be in Beijing’s court as protests grow in Hong Kong over how the former British colony should be governed, writes KERRY BROWN. The Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region over late June and into early July coincided with the final stages of the consultations launched in December 2013 […]