EAF articles

  • Striking a balance: Asian institutions and global influence

    Date: 11th July 2013

    Author: Wendy Dobson, University of Toronto

    Asia’s rapid economic ascent raises expectations in the rest of the world of greater political influence, even leadership, by Asian countries and questions about Asia’s regional institutions. With some exceptions, as when South Korea hosted the G20 summit in 2010, Asian governments tend to focus on their own interests and regional institutions operate with Asian-style pragmatism, with a focus on cooperation and incremental change.

  • 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.