• Three realities for the Pacific family and Australia’s step-up agenda

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 24, 2019

    The new Morrison government, and Alex Hawke in particular, need to show they are listening to and acting on this voice from the Pacific to have credibility in building on the Pacific step-up.

  • Singing the same tune? Scott Morrison and Australia’s Pacific family

    Debra McDougall     |      June 18, 2019

    The Christian faith of Australia’s prime minister helps connect him to the Solomon Islands, but the “family” relationship between the two countries will be strained unless his government changes immigration policy and takes action on the climate crisis.

  • Stepping up without stamping out Pacific infrastructure

    Anthony Bergin     |      June 16, 2019

    Three simple measures could help improve Australia’s aid, commercial and security relationships with Pacific Island Nations, while encouraging development in the region.

  • Why Pacific nations play the aid game

    Steven Ratuva     |      June 13, 2019

    Pacific island nations have become skilled in playing foreign powers against each other to maximise the aid and funding they receive.

  • Our Pacific neighbours need more than kind words

    Mark Kenny     |      June 1, 2019

    Pacific countries are eager for assistance in securing their future, whether sourced from old friends like the US and Australia, or new enthusiasts like the Chinese.

  • Remembering Pacific islanders in regional resettlement schemes

    Makiko Nishitani     |      May 28, 2019

    A greater focus on the well-established migrant populations and second-generation youth is crucial when planning for the social and economic well-being of rural and regional areas.

  • The Pacific can be more than a ‘nursery’ for Australian exporters

    Lori Youmshajekian     |      May 8, 2019

    The Pacific Islands are a strategic playing field for Australian exporters before expanding to Asia and beyond, but Australian policymakers should also respect the economic independence of Pacific nations, according to UNSW expert Tim Harcourt.

  • Solomon Islands elections – Continuity, with change or vice versa?

    James Batley     |      April 14, 2019

    Solomon Islands has held its first general election since the end of the regional assistance mission in 2017. Although it is too early to determine the full extent of the conduct and integrity of the elections, they were peaceful and there have been some notable electoral reforms.

  • Innovation and leadership in Pacific business

    Rosie Ah Yen-Curry     |      March 4, 2019

    Rosie Ah Yen-Curry recounts her positive experience at the recent dialogue for female entrepreneurs in the Pacific held in Brisbane by the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships.

  • Imagining Australia’s South Pacific family

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 6, 2019

    What is needed for Australia to step up engagement in the Pacific island region is a sure-footed approach that is based on a firm footing of mutual respect and partnership.

  • Juggling competing Pacific narratives

    Joanne Wallis     |      January 23, 2019

    Two narratives dominated geopolitical discussions of the Pacific islands in 2018 – that of the Blue Pacific and the Indo-Pacific – but what does the future hold?

  • A turbulent year in Pacific politics

    Tess Newton Cain     |      December 21, 2018

    After decades of neglect, the Pacific region has been ‘rediscovered’ by strategists in Australia, the United States and elsewhere as the military threat and economic reality of China continues to grow.