Dhara Ranasinghe is Senior Writer with CNBC.com, covering a range of topics including the global economy, financial markets and corporate news. Before joining CNBC, Dhara was a correspondent and sub editor with Reuters news agency in London and Singapore. She has reported on European Treasury markets, Asian economies and currency markets and edited company news stories. Dhara holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the London School of Economics.
The spotlight in the Asia-Pacific region this week falls on Australia, where the central bank holds its final meeting of the year.
Just as geopolitical risk showed signs of abating after deal with Iran, tensions between China and Japan over disputed islands have re-surfaced.
A political crisis in Thailand is unlikely to have a long-term economic impact, but it could keep foreign investors away for a lengthy period.