• Solomon Islands elections – Continuity, with change or vice versa?

    James Batley     |      April 14, 2019

    Solomon Islands has held its first general election since the end of the regional assistance mission in 2017. Although it is too early to determine the full extent of the conduct and integrity of the elections, they were peaceful and there have been some notable electoral reforms.

  • Getting realistic about the South Pacific

    James Batley     |      August 23, 2018

    There are plenty of new ideas about boosting engagement with the South Pacific, but steadiness, consistency and a good dose of respect will serve Australia best in the long term.