Nicholas Farrelly

Research Fellow

Nicholas Farrelly is a Research Fellow at T.wai and a Professor and Head of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania.

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In 2020 the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) moved quickly during a global pandemic to halt the spread of Covid-19, with impressive mobilization at local, national and regional levels. Across such an economically and politically diverse group of countries, some fared better than others. The response to this ongoing crisis highlighted several important institutional strengths across this region of 650 million people. It also emphasized the range of financial, cultural, strategic and administrative vulnerabilities within the ASEAN region. This paper explores the response to the pandemic as a framework for understanding how ASEAN may handle future crises. It presents a brief analysis of the potential for improved regional responses to damaging health, conflict and natural disaster scenarios. In this context, ASEAN’s tentative answer to Myanmar’s February 2021 coup is a critical example of the regional body’s limited capacity for large-scale collective response. As potential partners for crisis response in Southeast Asia, the United States, China, Japan, the European Union, and Australia are all relevant to this discussion.

Jul 19, 2021
In the media

Nicholas Farrelly on the Myanmar crisis, for the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Feb 12, 2021
In the media

Nicholas Farrelly (T.wai & University of Tasmania) on the Myanmar crisis, for The Strategist.

Feb 9, 2021

[IT] Nei distretti delle grandi città del Sud-Est asiatico, ricolmi di attività commerciali e di hotel, di solito non si deve attendere molto tempo prima di avvertire tra la folla l’accento australiano. Mentre il governo federale di Canberra annunciava l’intenzione di voler portare avanti una politica estera che fosse rivolta “più a Giacarta e meno a Ginevra”, milioni di cittadini australiani proseguivano, da vicino e di persona, i loro sforzi di comprensione del Sud-Est asiatico.

Jul 21, 2020
In the media

Nicholas Farrelly (T.wai & University of Tasmania), discusses about the future of Myanmar Studies on New Mandala.

Mar 23, 2020

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