• Covid-19’s toll on Papua New Guinea

    Hillary Mansour     |      October 14, 2021

    Covid-19 has triggered cascading impacts in PNG’s health, economic, social, civil and administrative sectors while undermining the government’s capacity to address them.

  • Australia’s foreign aid is shaped by domestic politics

    Philip Citowicki     |      October 5, 2021

    The Pacific Step-up is billed as one of the “highest foreign policy priorities” of Australia, however, unfavourable domestic political forces have shaped Australia’s foreign aid budget, shrinking its overall size for the past decade.

  • Building resilience to economic coercion in the Pacific

    Richard Herr     |      September 30, 2021

    Economic rather than military might pose the gravest threat to the Indo-Pacific island states as China’s President Xi Jinping is aggressively using China’s growing economic power to achieve secure his strategic aims.

  • Keeping eyes on Pacific water quality from afar

    Open Forum     |      September 29, 2021

    A Griffith University researcher has overcome a key challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to lead a monitoring program in Vanuatu aiming to improve the water quality of a popular lagoon used for fishing and swimming.

  • High tension cables

    Amanda Watson     |      September 20, 2021

    Undersea internet cables connect Pacific islands to the world but growing geopolitical tensions between the United States and China is tugging at the wires.

  • Spotlight on gender-based violence in PNG

    Lindy Kanan     |      September 20, 2021

    Violence against women is a wicked policy problem that plagues governments across the world. Papua New Guinea is no exception, indeed it has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world.

  • Sharing information across the Pacific

    David Brewster     |      September 19, 2021

    A regional maritime information centre for the Pacific would provide a one-stop shop for data about threats in this vital maritime domain.

  • Fiji walks the tightrope between the USA and China

    Denghua Zhang     |      September 11, 2021

    With the resurgence of COVID-19, Fiji once again sees itself at the centre of great power rivalry as assistance arrives from both the United States and China.

  • Samoa’s first female prime minister takes charge

    Kerryn Baker     |      September 10, 2021

    After a long political stand-off, Naomi Mata’afa Fiame has become the first woman prime minister of Samoa, and the second-ever woman head of government in the Pacific islands region.

  • Tides that bind: Australia in the Pacific

    Richard Marles     |      August 23, 2021

    In his new book, “Tides that Bind: Australia in the Pacific”, ALP Deputy Leader Richard Marles urges Australians to build better relationships with our friends in the Pacific, boost regional development and maintain peace in the region.

  • France in the Pacific

    Denise Fisher     |      August 22, 2021

    In a speech made during a visit to French Polynesia, French President Emmanuel Macron underlined the benefits of French protection in the region, within the framework of France’s Indo-Pacific strategy and with New Caledonia’s impending independence vote in mind.

  • Supporting a ‘blue recovery’ in the Pacific: GAP Summit report

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      August 16, 2021

    The inaugural GAP Summit for the Pacific and Small Island Nations called for new public-private partnerships between Australia and the Pacific that should stem from realising the true value of the Pacific’s societies and environment.