EAF articles

  • Can a shrinking country grow?

    Date: 13th October 2013

    Author: Hugh Patrick, Columbia University

    By 2012, after two decades of mediocre economic performance and ineffective government policy, a widespread sense of resignation and malaise prevailed in Japan. Since the early 1990s, Japan’s GDP growth rate averaged less than 1 per cent, below potential; labour markets weakened; and prospects seemed bleak.

  • Australia as a Southern Hemisphere ‘Soft Power’

    Date: 2nd September 2013

    Author: Benjamin Reilly, Murdoch University

    Kevin Rudd’s travel schedule since resuming office as Australia’s prime minister— with trips to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea — confirms a largely unnoticed shift in Australia’s international profile.

  • A new G20 strategy for development cooperation

    Date: 17th July 2013

    Author: Andrew Elek, ANU

    In late 2008 the policy failures of Western economies created a global problem which they could not fix by themselves.

  • Can Australian leadership measure up globally?

    Date: 1st July 2013

    Author: Peter Drysdale, Editor, East Asia Forum

    The past week has seen the climax of an Australian domestic political drama that has played out over the past three and a half years. Right at the end of the parliamentary term heading into a national election, Kevin Rudd dramatically wrested back the prime ministership from Julia Gillard.