• Tackling diabetes in Fiji

    Open Forum     |      September 15, 2018

    With Fiji’s population suffering the highest rate of diabetes in the world, Central Queensland University researcher, Lydia O’Meara, is educating local farmers on how to overcome and reduce these common but preventable diseases in rural communities.

  • The changing dynamics of internet governance in the South Pacific

    Bart Hogeveen     |      September 13, 2018

    Australia and its partners must either brace for a new era of state dominated governance where principles of an open, free and secure internet will be frequently dismissed or be prepared to invest in the human, financial and political capital required to further our international cyber agenda.

  • Tackling the strategic neglect of our Pacific island neighbours

    Eva Willmann de Donlea     |      September 13, 2018

    Building better partnerships with our Pacific neighbours will require all parties to move beyond rhetoric and initiate a process of ‘deep listening’ to the leaders, the communities, and the Indigenous elders of the region.

  • Deepening Australia-Pacific connections

    Benjamin Blackshaw     |      September 11, 2018

    Over a stunning view of Sydney Harbour, the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships held a reception at EY on 27th August to celebrate its first anniversary and participants’ achievements in implementing the Australian Government’s Pacific Connect program.

  • Are we being played in the Pacific?

    Fergus Hanson     |      September 11, 2018

    If you were trying to design a low-cost strategy to constrict the operational horizon of an important US ally in the region, China’s ploys in the Pacific wouldn’t be a bad model to examine.

  • Australia’s political instability damages the national interest

    John Hewson     |      September 10, 2018

    Australia is one of the most successful and stable countries in the world, but our ‘revolving door’ of prime ministers over the last decade has damaged our ability to pursue long term policies for the public good.

  • Tides of change in the South Pacific

    Ewen Levick     |      September 9, 2018

    The tides of geopolitics are lapping on South Pacific shores. The region is seeing greater activity from both China and Russia and the independence vote in New Caledonia is fast approaching. These developments raise significant strategic questions and are worth exploring in greater detail.

  • 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.

  • Sydney hosts the inaugural Pacific Connect Forum

    Tina Briggs     |      September 6, 2018

    The International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP) and Global Access Partners (GAP) are hosting the inaugural Pacific Connect Forum at NSW Parliament House on Thursday 6 September.

  • Diverging regional priorities at the Pacific Islands Forum

    Jenny Hayward-Jones     |      September 5, 2018

    Pacific Island leaders are likely to assert their interests at the expense of Australia’s at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.

  • Finding Australia’s soft power

    Caitlin Byrne     |      August 29, 2018

    Australia must engage neighbouring nations more strategically through official and public diplomacy if it is to remain a ‘persuasive voice’ in its own region.

  • Power plays in the Pacific

    Sarah O’Dowd     |      August 26, 2018

    As the most recent signatory to China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, Papua New Guinea is increasingly turning to Beijing for investment and aid funding instead of traditional partners like Australia.