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Grant Wyeth

Grant is a Melbourne-based political analyst focusing on Australia and the Pacific, as well as India and Canada. His background is in political philosophy and development theory, and he holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne. He tweets at @grantwyeth.

At Melanesian Spearhead Group, the Question of West Papuan Membership Lingers
February 16, 2018
At Melanesian Spearhead Group, the Question of West Papuan Membership Lingers
The MSG will deliberate the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s application, but some worry about angering Indonesia.
At Melanesian Spearhead Group, the Question of West Papuan Membership Lingers
The Batman By-Election: The Carmichael Mine Matter
February 08, 2018
The Batman By-Election: The Carmichael Mine Matter
In inner-city Melbourne, an upcoming special election is focused 2,000 km away on a mine in Queensland.
The Batman By-Election: The Carmichael Mine Matter
Realizing Australia’s Defense Export Dreams
January 31, 2018
Realizing Australia’s Defense Export Dreams
Canberra wants to spark growth in its defense industry, but the market is a crowded one.
Realizing Australia’s Defense Export Dreams
Is China Building Roads to Nowhere in the Pacific?
January 17, 2018
Is China Building Roads to Nowhere in the Pacific?
An Australia minister lashed out at Chinese investment in the Pacific region. Why take up the issue now?
Is China Building Roads to Nowhere in the Pacific?
Will Australia and Japan Finally Conclude a Visiting Forces Agreement?
January 02, 2018
Will Australia and Japan Finally Conclude a Visiting Forces Agreement?
Discussions on a VFA have been taking place since 2014; the two sides are expected to sign the agreement soon.
Will Australia and Japan Finally Conclude a Visiting Forces Agreement?
Hidden in Plain Sight: Australia’s Foreign Workers
December 19, 2017
Hidden in Plain Sight: Australia’s Foreign Workers
A new report stresses the urgent need for Canberra to review and reform its Seasonal Workers Program.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Australia’s Foreign Workers
In Fiji, India's Pacific Presence Grows
December 11, 2017
In Fiji, India's Pacific Presence Grows
With historical and cultural links, India looks to firm up relations with Fiji.
In Fiji, India's Pacific Presence Grows
Oceania’s Place in Australia’s New Foreign Policy White Paper
December 01, 2017
Oceania’s Place in Australia’s New Foreign Policy White Paper
Importantly, the paper dedicated a chapter to Australia’s role within the Pacific.
Oceania’s Place in Australia’s New Foreign Policy White Paper
Why Has Australia Shifted Back to the Quad?
November 16, 2017
Why Has Australia Shifted Back to the Quad?
Among other things, the Quad gives Australia an opportunity to expand on its underdeveloped relationship with India.
Why Has Australia Shifted Back to the Quad?
New Zealand's Misguided Plan to Restrict Foreign Property Sales
November 03, 2017
New Zealand's Misguided Plan to Restrict Foreign Property Sales
The new government's move won't have much of an impact on housing costs.
New Zealand's Misguided Plan to Restrict Foreign Property Sales
France in the Pacific: Growing Strategic Ties With Australia
October 16, 2017
France in the Pacific: Growing Strategic Ties With Australia
Forging closer security ties with France seems to be Australia's best regional hedge against U.S. political instability.
France in the Pacific: Growing Strategic Ties With Australia
The Cook Islands Set to Graduate to 'Developed' Nation Status
October 06, 2017
The Cook Islands Set to Graduate to 'Developed' Nation Status
The OECD’s call is a positive achievement for the Pacific island nation, but also presents new challenges.
The Cook Islands Set to Graduate to 'Developed' Nation Status
Will Bougainville Hold Its Independence Referendum?
September 28, 2017
Will Bougainville Hold Its Independence Referendum?
The referendum is scheduled for June 2019, but the PNG premier says the criteria to do so have not been met yet.
Will Bougainville Hold Its Independence Referendum?
Australia to Welcome More Pacific Islanders With New Visa Program
September 14, 2017
Australia to Welcome More Pacific Islanders With New Visa Program
The new Pacific Labor Scheme will allow 2,000 people from Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu to work in parts of Australia for up to three years.
Australia to Welcome More Pacific Islanders With New Visa Program
Australia Settles $70 Million Suit with Detained Asylum Seekers
September 08, 2017
Australia Settles $70 Million Suit with Detained Asylum Seekers
Had the suit gone to court, it would have aired allegations of abuse at Australia’s PNG-based detention facility.
Australia Settles $70 Million Suit with Detained Asylum Seekers
King of Tonga Dismisses Prime Minister Pohiva's Government
August 31, 2017
King of Tonga Dismisses Prime Minister Pohiva's Government
Democratically elected Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva's government was dismissed, seemingly on the advice of the parliament's speaker.
King of Tonga Dismisses Prime Minister Pohiva's Government
Big Men, No Women: Politics in Papua New Guinea
August 11, 2017
Big Men, No Women: Politics in Papua New Guinea
PNG’s loose party politics leads to perpetual government by a series of unstable coalitions.
Big Men, No Women: Politics in Papua New Guinea
An Australian Republic, If You Can Referendum It
August 02, 2017
An Australian Republic, If You Can Referendum It
Will Canberra ditch the British monarchy? The Labor party wants to put it to a vote.
An Australian Republic, If You Can Referendum It
Two Dual Citizens Resign From the Australian Parliament
July 19, 2017
Two Dual Citizens Resign From the Australian Parliament
The resignations highlight a disconnect between the country’s constitution and its present reality.
Two Dual Citizens Resign From the Australian Parliament
What North Korea’s ICBM Means for Australia
July 07, 2017
What North Korea’s ICBM Means for Australia
Australia’s territory is within reach of Pyongyang’s latest weapon, as are the U.S. troops stationed at Darwin.
What North Korea’s ICBM Means for Australia
RAMSI Ends: What’s Next for the Solomon Islands?
June 30, 2017
RAMSI Ends: What’s Next for the Solomon Islands?
The mission was devised not simply as a peacekeeping operation, but as a program to rebuild the state.
RAMSI Ends: What’s Next for the Solomon Islands?
Samoa Officially Becomes a Christian State
June 16, 2017
Samoa Officially Becomes a Christian State
The constitutional change is aimed at avoiding religious unrest.
Samoa Officially Becomes a Christian State
For Pacific Island States, Climate Change Is an Existential Threat
June 05, 2017
For Pacific Island States, Climate Change Is an Existential Threat
U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement is deeply concerning to leaders in the Pacific.
For Pacific Island States, Climate Change Is an Existential Threat
The Sovereign Recognition Game: Has Nauru Overplayed Its Hand?
May 17, 2017
The Sovereign Recognition Game: Has Nauru Overplayed Its Hand?
In recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Nauru drew Russian funds. Can U.S. pressure flip Nauru's choice?
The Sovereign Recognition Game: Has Nauru Overplayed Its Hand?
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