• AUKUS and Australia’s relations in the Pacific

    Joanne Wallis     |      November 8, 2021

    The new AUKUS defence agreements will boost Australia’s security, but may not reassure Pacific Island nations looking to China for finance and the world for action on climate change.

  • Resolving Samoa’s democratic crisis

    Joanne Wallis     |      June 4, 2021

    Samoa is facing a political impasse as caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi faces off against his former deputy Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

  • One step forward, two steps back in the Pacific

    Joanne Wallis     |      June 27, 2019

    Australia’s attempts to enhance its influence in the Pacific Islands will only succeed through policies that also serve the national interests of Pacific Island states.

  • Juggling competing Pacific narratives

    Joanne Wallis     |      January 23, 2019

    Two narratives dominated geopolitical discussions of the Pacific islands in 2018 – that of the Blue Pacific and the Indo-Pacific – but what does the future hold?

  • Australia steps up its Pacific pivot

    Joanne Wallis     |      October 22, 2018

    Australian strategic interest in the Pacific islands is reaching heights not seen since the international intervention in the Solomon Islands in 2003, thanks to increased concern about China’s growing presence in the region.

  • Australia at the Pacific Islands Forum: getting our priorities right

    Joanne Wallis     |      September 7, 2018

    Scott Morrison’s absence from the Pacific Island Forum, and his non-appearance at the April 2018 Forum Economic Ministers’ Meeting, suggest that Australia’s continued claims about prioritising the Pacific might be more hyperbole than fact.

  • Australia needs to reset its Pacific policy

    Joanne Wallis     |      June 5, 2018

    Australia tends to pay attention to the Pacific when it is perceived as a source of threat, but the quest for better relationships requires a more holistic and sustained approach.

  • Hollow hegemon: Australia’s declining influence in the Pacific

    Joanne Wallis     |      April 15, 2018

    Australia has vastly more material resources than its Pacific neighbours, but its long presumed ‘natural right to lead’ in the region is under threat as other powers seek influence and Pacific nations reassess their alliance options.

  • China makes its play for the Pacific

    Joanne Wallis     |      April 12, 2018

    China is denying reports it wants a naval base on Vanuatu but growing Chinese power and influence in the region underlines the need for effective Australian steps to strengthen Western influence.