• Can the law of the sea protect small island states from climate change?

    Ellycia Harrould-Kolieb     |      July 26, 2023

    Sustained pressure from small island states is advancing our understanding of the obligations of states to address climate change.

  • Seabed mining could damage fish stocks

    Jesse van der Grient     |      July 14, 2023

    If left unchecked, deep sea mining could impact fish stocks and Pacific Island communities along with it in the near future.

  • Strengthening Pacific treaties

    Blake Johnson     |      July 10, 2023

    Security agreements are an increasingly hot topic in the Pacific as Australia, the US, China and New Zealand seek broad arrangements across the region, but Pacific treaties must be built with care and nurtured once they’re in place.

  • Let me tell you a story

    Chelsea Wilson     |      July 1, 2023

    Young Samoan entrepreneur Okalani Mariner offers a view from the Pacific about the impact of climate change on her community.

  • Pacific infrastructure depends on strong social networks

    Open Forum     |      June 20, 2023

    A Griffith-led study has found that traditional and digital social networks are key to improving community water management and sanitation in the Pacific.

  • Australia can help close the Pacific’s digital divide

    Jason Van der Schyff     |      June 14, 2023

    The Australian government is looking to redouble its diplomatic efforts in the Pacific and the provision of digital infrastructure is an obvious way to make a big impact quickly.

  • A helping hand for Timor-Leste

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      June 12, 2023

    The economic and social future of Timor-Leste relies on more jobs at home and better labour mobility programs abroad to generate remittances, improve skills and build human capital.

  • Penny Wong’s Pacific scorecard

    Tess Newton Cain     |      May 31, 2023

    With Foreign Minister Penny Wong at the helm of foreign policy, the Albanese government has set a strong standard for rebuilding diplomatic ties with Australia’s nearest neighbors in the South Pacific.

  • Fighting the scourge of illegal fishing

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      May 27, 2023

    Australia has an opportunity to build on its strong diplomatic foundations on regional and international issues and take the lead on combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the South Pacific.

  • The US returns to the Pacific

    Anne-Marie Schleich     |      May 26, 2023

    The US is trying to return to the Pacific in full force, but it has to be mindful of the real needs of the region. Joining onto climate platforms that support the mitigation of Pacific Island challenges will go a long way to building real and sustainable support for US goals.

  • Australia’s Pacific funding unites the tools of statecraft

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      May 24, 2023

    The $1.9 billion package announced in the budget to strengthen Australia’s relationships in the Pacific will involve 13 agencies across government, and uses a range of tools beyond traditional development assistance.

  • Reeling in illegal fishing

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      May 18, 2023

    More effort to curb illegal fishing is vital to protect fish stocks from destruction and maintain peace and order on the seas in a time of growing international tension.