2017 Centre Agenda

21 February 2017

Our 2017 Centre Agenda outlines our priorities and programs for the year ahead.

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MIKTA - The search for a strategic rationale

27 January 2017

In this Perth USAsia Centre paper, CEO Gordon Flake and Research Fellow Xu Wang examine the continued development of MIKTA, a less known diplomatic grouping of Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia.  While each of the MIKTA nations face considerable challenges in 2017 in their domestic politics and their immediate regions, it is clear that these 5 member countries have the capacity, will and intent to influence global issues. 

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Indo-Pacific Insight Series Vol 2 - The RCEP: An Indo-Pacific approach to the regional trade architecture

18 January 2017

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the collapse, many now view the Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP) as a pote replacement. However, RCEP offers a ra model for trade multilateralism. It promis
of reform ambition, and offers a membe in which China is the leader and lynchpi regionalism. As RCEP moves to completi it may usher in an historic shift from an A Indo-Pacific regional economic

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Indo-Pacific Insight Series Vol 1 - An age of uncertainty: Balancing Australia's relations with the U.S. and Indonesia

7 December 2016

In the coming decades, Australia’s biggest challenge is to maintain its prosperity as a developed economy and democracy. Emerging powers, such as Indonesia and India, and their direct foreign investment will be essential to Australia’s future prosperity. Australia must cultivate mutual partnerships and explore new opportunities to get Indonesia to ‘look South’. In the face of a Trump presidency, the Indo-Pacific has been thrust in an era of uncertainty. Australia, however, must remain calm and engage the U.S. and our regional partners. So what can Australia do to pursue the opportunities in Indonesia through this era of uncertainty? This publication, based on a speech presented by Professor Smith, clearly outlines 10 key issues that Australia could usefully pursue with Indonesia.

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Energy Security in the Indo-Pacific Region: Challenges and Outlook

10 August 2016

This report has been prepared by Andrew Pickford, Director of Perth USAsia Centre's Indo-Pacific Energy Security Program with input from Jeffrey Wilson, Perth USAsia Centre Research Fellow, and draws upon the discussions from the Perth USAsia Centre’s first Energy Security Roundtable held on 18 February 2016, in Perth, Australia.

The purpose of the Perth USAsia Centre’s Indo-Pacific Energy Security Program is to better understand energy security concerns and propose practical regional solutions. The ultimate aim is to avoid conflict and ensure all nations can access energy to power their economies. This involves devising approaches ahead of crises. During radical change, shocks and volatility can result in ad hoc energy policies which exacerbate existing political tensions that undermine regional energy security as a whole. Given the Indo-Pacific is home to both supplier and consumer nations, mechanisms that promote transparent, rules-based and liquid markets will be critical for ensuring the region’s energy security.

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The Changing Architecture of the Asia-Pacific Trading System: Implications for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)

15 June 2016

The Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) is being negotiated between the Indonesian and Australian governments, with plans to reach agreement before the end of 2017. The IA-CEPA should underpin transformation of the economic relationship between the two nations, creating an engine for growth of trade and investment with ASEAN, and the world beyond. The Perth USAsia Centre made a submission to IA-CEPA discussions, which was authored by Perth USAsia Centre Research Fellow, Dr Jeffrey Wilson, and focusses on how the agreement can leverage existing and pending trade agreements.

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The Asian Research Network: Survey on America's Role in the Asia-Pacific

8 June 2016

The Perth USAsia Centre and the United States Studies Centre have launched the inaugural Asian Research Network Report on America's Role in the Asia-Pacific. The report provides comparisons of public opinion both within and across countries with respect to the power and influence of the United States and China. Perspectives are given on a range of issues, including America’s influence in the Asia-Pacific and China’s continuing rise, China’s relationship with the United States and the region, attitudes in the region towards trade with the United States and China, and ethnocentrism, nationalism and anti-Americanism in the Asia Pacific.

'The Asian Research Network: Survey on America’s Role in the Asia Pacific' has been produced in collaboration with the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, and the Shanghai Institute for International Studies.

Read the complete report here. Read More

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Horizons: Feeding Asia

12 May 2016

Horizon brings to life the challenge of food security in Asia with the power of data visualisation. By starting with a clear view of the food-security challenge Asia faces – reinforced by recounting the success of agricultural revolutions past – we can work out what is required to stimulate innovation and breakthroughs in agricultural productivity in this part of the world.

A picture tells a thousand words. The visualisations in this report illuminate the most important regional trends and depict the scope of the challenge we face in an arresting and accessible manner.

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Can the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateralise the 'noodle bowl' of Asia-Pacific trade agreements

6 April 2016

Research Fellow Jeffrey Wilson argues the Trans-Pacific Partnership offers more than just a set of market access opportunities for Australia. It also promises ‘systemic change’ in the Asia-Pacific trade architecture. The spread of bilateral FTAs in the last decade has caused fractures in the regional trade system, known as the ‘noodle bowl problem’. The TPP may help resolve this problem by ‘multilateralising’ existing agreements under one umbrella. Its size, ambitious reform agenda and status as a ‘living agreement’ make it especially suited to this task and Australia stands to gain considerably if the TPP’s high-standard and multilateral approach becomes a template for trade liberalisation in the region. Businesses and policymakers should be aware of these systemic implications when evaluating participation in the TPP.

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Industry Consolidation in the Age of Gas: Strategic Implications for Australia

10 December 2015

The Perth USAsia Centre is proud to release the latest edition of our Strategic Insights Series, an excellent piece on Australia's energy security by Andrew Pickford & Michael Petric. In Industry Consolidation in the Age of Gas: Strategic Implications for Australia, Andrew and Michael argue that Australian policymakers need to articulate a strategy for the possibility that a large, state-owned oil company will make a bid for an Australian energy company or major energy asset. The shifting geopolitics of energy and the likelihood Australia will surpass Qatar as the world's top gas exporter means Australia's interests will be bound up with the energy security interests of other countries.

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