• The First Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue – Communiqué to key stakeholders

    Open Forum     |      June 19, 2018

    The Communiqué from the initial Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue, held in March in Port Moresby, has been released, outlining new projects in PNG based on blockchain and digital identity.

  • Resources curse PNG communities’ future

    Michael Main     |      June 17, 2018

    Two recent reports on the massive ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project have brought renewed attention to the undesirable economic and social impacts of Papua New Guinea’s largest-ever resource extraction enterprise.

  • ICDP and Pacific Connect join ‘Together for a Digital Pacific 2018’ Conference

    Tina Briggs     |      June 14, 2018

    Members of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships recently travelled to Apia in Samoa to attend the ‘Together for a Digital Pacific 2018’ conference co-sponsored by the Samoan Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • World cultures and the Western Pacific at the South Australian Museum

    Stephen Zagala     |      June 13, 2018

    Turning away from the colonial notion that a museum looks at human cultures through an ethnographic lens, the South Australian Museum now aims to think about human cultures as part of a global ecology in which we all participate.

  • Pacific Connect – Digital connectivity and collaborating networks

    Mary Koisen     |      June 12, 2018

    Digital connectivity is a high priority in Papua New Guinea and the PNG government is working with the private sector to build a modern high capacity fibre-based network throughout the country. Mary Koisen, a member of the inaugural Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue in Port Moresby, explains some of the challenges involved.

  • 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.

  • To each their own ‘Indo-Pacific’

    Allan Gyngell     |      June 2, 2018

    The concept of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ is a framing device, not a geographical reality. Its proponents shape what they mean by the term around their different interests and so, far from talking about the same thing, each country has its own ‘Indo-Pacific’.

  • PNG to push out Facebook, taking a sharp turn into cyber censorship

    Danielle Cave     |      May 31, 2018

    PNG’s Communications Minister Sam Basil, a regular Facebook user himself, has announced that PNG will shut down the social media site for a month so that his department can research how the network is being used. Whether or not it actually happens, the announcement bodes ill for the nation.

  • Kangaroo step-up and Kiwi reset in the South Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 29, 2018

    Australia and New Zealand understand the demand to do more in the Pacific and the need to do some things differently. Whatever future directions both countries take, they must pursue them together.

  • ‘Glocalism’ turns its eye to the Indo-Pacific

    Isaac Kfir     |      May 28, 2018

    Salafi-jihadi ‘glocalism’ involves the meshing of local points of discontent with the transnational goals of al‑Qaeda and similar terrorist groups. The violence it fuels is a growing threat in the Indo-Pacific as the jihadis flee from crushing defeats in the Middle East.

  • Australia and the South Pacific: come to my aid

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 25, 2018

    Australian development assistance and aid dollars are always being put to use in communities in the Pacific Islands, doing essential work even when Canberra’s attention is elsewhere.

  • The tyranny of distance: Corporate harm on the frontline in the Pacific

    Amy Sinclair     |      May 23, 2018

    Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions.