• International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP) officially launches

    Tina Briggs     |      August 24, 2018

    After ten months of operations, ICDP is well and truly up and running.

  • Getting realistic about the South Pacific

    James Batley     |      August 23, 2018

    There are plenty of new ideas about boosting engagement with the South Pacific, but steadiness, consistency and a good dose of respect will serve Australia best in the long term.

  • Don’t divert foreign aid spending to drought relief

    Nichole Georgeou     |      August 21, 2018

    Moving aid money to drought relief presents a simplistic and flawed solution that would diminish Australia’s influence in the Pacific region.

  • French classes in Australia need to acknowledge our Pacific neighbours

    Florence Boulard     |      August 20, 2018

    We need to change the way French is taught to young Australians to sustain geo-political relations with French-speaking Pacific nations in the future.

  • 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.