• Open hands beat clenched fists in the Pacific

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 15, 2018

    A combination of simple and immediate steps, symbolic events that build interpersonal connections and some ‘crazy’ ideas whose time is coming could inspire better relations with our Pacific neighbours than fearful policies couched in the language of risk and competition.

  • Mice that roar: patrol and coastal combatants in ASEAN

    John Coyne     |      August 12, 2018

    ASPI’s border security program has released a special report which explores the diverse approaches to maritime sovereignty in the region and the implications for Australian policymakers.

  • Pivoting to the Pacific

    Alexandre Dayant     |      August 10, 2018

    China’s growing power in the Pacific has provoked a flurry of action from democratic nations in response, but how do the aid numbers add up? New research from the Lowry Institute makes sense of the data.

  • ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee elects a new Chair

    Maureen Hilyard     |      August 8, 2018

    The new Chair-Elect of ALAC, Maureen Hilyard from the Cook Islands, talks about her selection process and the work of the committee on regional internet issues.

  • Ham and eggs: who’s really committed in the Indo-Pacific?

    John Powers     |      August 6, 2018

    When you cook bacon and eggs, you know the chicken is interested but the pig is committed. The same could be said about the Pacific region. Some nations are committed. Others have an interest, but only in those areas that deliver outcomes to their specific national objectives.

  • Innovations for Pacific cities of the future

    Kenneth Katafono     |      August 2, 2018

    The inaugural Smart City Challenge held in Fiji’s capital city, Suva, on July 28 brought together 60 university students from the Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific. The winners of the ‘hackathon’ won access to funding and training to develop their solution through the Fiji Government’s Young Entrepreneur Scheme.

  • Australia in the South Pacific: Growing the yabby’s second claw

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 26, 2018

    Australian engagement with our South Pacific partners is getting a lot of attention, as is Chinese engagement in the region. But there’s a missing link in our attempts to build better relations – the Australian corporate sector’s buy-in to South Pacific economies.

  • International community assist with educational regionalisation

    Mohammed Aruf Yasin     |      July 25, 2018

    Pacific education is undergoing transformative change. Mohammed Aruf Yasin, a WHO representative at the Inaugural Pacific Connect Academic Network Dialogue in Suva, calls for regional action to develop common standards for higher education curricula.

  • A start-up ecosystem for the Pacific: Learnings from the APEC entrepreneurial bootcamp

    Emmanuel Narokobi     |      July 20, 2018

    Emmanuel Narokobi, a member of the Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue in Papua New Guinea, shares his thoughts on encouraging start-ups in PNG after attending the RMT Activator bootcamp in Melbourne.

  • A visit to Namotomoto shows the power of small data

    Belinda Henwood     |      July 20, 2018

    UNSW’s Simone Zarpelon Leao made a valuable discovery while in Fiji for a symposium with Pacific Island communities on sustainable infrastructure and housing maintenance.

  • A year in the life of a small not-for-profit

    Tina Briggs     |      July 18, 2018

    The International Centre for Democratic Partnerships is celebrating its first birthday. Created by Global Access Partners, this independent, non-political organisation encourages dialogue, discussions and better relationships between current and emerging leaders in Australia and the Pacific.

  • Advancing entrepreneurship in Papua New Guinea

    Winifred Kula Amini     |      July 17, 2018

    One of the members of Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue, Winifred Kula Amini, talks about the recent launch of the PNG Digital ICT Cluster and an SME Accelerator Program in Port Moresby.