• The new era of great-power competition in the Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      December 11, 2018

    The first strategic priority for Australia in the Indo-Pacific is to manage great-power competition. And the central trend of that competition is China’s rapidly growing challenge to US dominance.

  • The purposes of the Pacific pivot

    Graeme Dobell     |      December 4, 2018

    A ‘Pacific pivot’ that can marry Australia’s strategic needs with the fundamental needs of Pacific peoples will be a policy which benefits all stakeholders and so ensure enduring results.

  • Businesses can help Australia’s step-up in the Pacific

    Anthony Bergin     |      November 29, 2018

    It’s time to build a more deliberate and far-reaching partnership between government and business to further Australia’s interests in the Pacific.

  • In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs

    Mark Moran     |      November 26, 2018

    If foreign powers really want to make a difference to PNG, one of the poorest nations in the Pacific, then funding telecommunications and solar power kits would be widely welcomed, alongside schemes to use mobile phones to transfer money.

  • Government assistance and e-commerce boost Pacific exports

    Caleb Jarvis     |      November 22, 2018

    New data shows the adoption of digital technology is boosting exports, and as APEC brings leaders to the Pacific, export confidence is high throughout the region.

  • Making aid work

    Stephanie Copus-Campbell     |      November 19, 2018

    We should not accept a continued lack of progress across the Pacific as the norm. Instead, we should all agree that it’s possible to create a partnership that delivers large-scale change and remain committed and vigilant in ensuring this happens.

  • Australia’s Pacific funding requires a dedicated agency

    Alan McCormack     |      November 17, 2018

    If Australian policymakers want to get serious about integrating regional development assistance projects into the national security policy objectives, they should establish a dedicated agency.

  • Mobile money creates opportunities in PNG

    Mark Moran     |      November 13, 2018

    PNG is a place of great complexity, with a development landscape littered with failed efforts. The potential for mobile money is often expressed in terms of financial inclusion, but there is also potential to improve development and governance.

  • Morrison’s Pacific pivot

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 11, 2018

    The Prime Minister has outlined a practical and imaginative new strategy on issues critical to our region’s security, prosperity and people-to-people connections.

  • Why Australia’s aid is a key soft-power asset

    Dane Moores     |      November 8, 2018

    An expanded program to reduce poverty and encourage human development in our region would multiply the positive outcomes of Australian aid and improve Australia’s standing and influence in the world.

  • Low-cost tsunami warning system could help protect Pacific islanders

    Open Forum     |      November 6, 2018

    A simple and low cost early warning system could help prevent deaths in regions vulnerable to tsunamis after successful trials in Vanuatu last month.

  • Shorten proposes investment bank to help Pacific nations’ development

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 31, 2018

    Bill Shorten has hinted that Labor would set up a government-backed infrastructure investment bank to promote concessional financing for nation-building projects in the Pacific.