• 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.

  • The SMART way to help Pacific Islands lead climate action

    Aisha Reynolds     |      December 17, 2018

    The new SMART tool helps policymakers quickly identify potential co-benefits and trade-offs that need to be considered in planning to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change in the Pacific region.

  • The purposes of the Pacific pivot

    Graeme Dobell     |      December 4, 2018

    A ‘Pacific pivot’ that can marry Australia’s strategic needs with the fundamental needs of Pacific peoples will be a policy which benefits all stakeholders and so ensure enduring results.

  • Businesses can help Australia’s step-up in the Pacific

    Anthony Bergin     |      November 29, 2018

    It’s time to build a more deliberate and far-reaching partnership between government and business to further Australia’s interests in the Pacific.

  • Government assistance and e-commerce boost Pacific exports

    Caleb Jarvis     |      November 22, 2018

    New data shows the adoption of digital technology is boosting exports, and as APEC brings leaders to the Pacific, export confidence is high throughout the region.

  • Morrison’s Pacific pivot

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 11, 2018

    The Prime Minister has outlined a practical and imaginative new strategy on issues critical to our region’s security, prosperity and people-to-people connections.

  • Low-cost tsunami warning system could help protect Pacific islanders

    Open Forum     |      November 6, 2018

    A simple and low cost early warning system could help prevent deaths in regions vulnerable to tsunamis after successful trials in Vanuatu last month.