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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.

Australia and Papua New Guinea Close in on Manus Island Base Deal
September 25, 2018
Australia and Papua New Guinea Close in on Manus Island Base Deal
What would a permanent Australian naval presence at Lombrum on Manus Island mean for the Pacific?
Australia and Papua New Guinea Close in on Manus Island Base Deal
Australia’s Domestic Politics Hamstrings Its Pacific Foreign Policy
September 10, 2018
Australia’s Domestic Politics Hamstrings Its Pacific Foreign Policy
In the Pacific, climate change is an existential threat. Australia’s domestic unease on the issue hinders its foreign policy.
Australia’s Domestic Politics Hamstrings Its Pacific Foreign Policy
What Happened to Australia’s Liberal Party?
August 29, 2018
What Happened to Australia’s Liberal Party?
The party’s internal meltdown is rooted in the tensions inherent to its liberal and conservative roots.
What Happened to Australia’s Liberal Party?
Why Did Australia Block Huawei, ZTE From 5G Roll out?
August 28, 2018
Why Did Australia Block Huawei, ZTE From 5G Roll out?
The Diplomat spoke to Bates Gill about the decision and Canberra's relations with Beijing.
Why Did Australia Block Huawei, ZTE From 5G Roll out?
Why Is Peaceful, Prosperous Australia Anxious?
August 17, 2018
Why Is Peaceful, Prosperous Australia Anxious?
As global focus turns increasingly to the Indo-Pacific, it’s no time for Australia to retreat into fearful, baseless timidity.
Why Is Peaceful, Prosperous Australia Anxious?
What Drives Indonesia's Pacific Island Strategy?
August 13, 2018
What Drives Indonesia's Pacific Island Strategy?
Jakarta is courting Pacific Island states, hoping to change regional positions on the West Papua issue.
What Drives Indonesia's Pacific Island Strategy?
Education a Key Field in the Growth of India-Australia Relations
July 25, 2018
Education a Key Field in the Growth of India-Australia Relations
If Australia is serious about enhanced engagement with India, then the education push should go both ways.
Education a Key Field in the Growth of India-Australia Relations
Pacific Island Solidarity: Papua New Guinea and Fiji
July 17, 2018
Pacific Island Solidarity: Papua New Guinea and Fiji
The PNG prime minister used his time in Fiji to reiterate that both countries have an essential role in providing regional leadership.
Pacific Island Solidarity: Papua New Guinea and Fiji
Polynesian Triangulation: Polynesian Leaders’ Group Expands
July 10, 2018
Polynesian Triangulation: Polynesian Leaders’ Group Expands
New Zealand, Hawaii, and Rapa Nui, the outer points of the triangle, joined the group recently.
Polynesian Triangulation: Polynesian Leaders’ Group Expands
Australia’s Short-Sighted Abandonment of Pacific Shortwave
June 30, 2018
Australia’s Short-Sighted Abandonment of Pacific Shortwave
Beijing swiftly moves into any of the spaces Australia abandons, and Canberra lacks the capability to reclaim them.
Australia’s Short-Sighted Abandonment of Pacific Shortwave
Afghanistan and India's Cricket Diplomacy
June 20, 2018
Afghanistan and India's Cricket Diplomacy
What a recent Test Match tells us about Afghan-Indian relations.
Afghanistan and India's Cricket Diplomacy
The Qantas Quandary: Is Taiwan in China?
June 08, 2018
The Qantas Quandary: Is Taiwan in China?
Recently Australia’s Qantas airlines changed the language it uses to refer to Taiwan at Beijing’s request.
The Qantas Quandary: Is Taiwan in China?
Finding Common Cause: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States Meet in Togo
June 02, 2018
Finding Common Cause: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States Meet in Togo
For Pacific Island countries, the ACP grouping is a important forum to find common cause with other small and developing states.
Finding Common Cause: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States Meet in Togo
Australia and the Rules of Attraction
May 16, 2018
Australia and the Rules of Attraction
A matter of taxes and politics: Can Australia remain attractive and powerful in the Indo-Pacific?
Australia and the Rules of Attraction
Australia Courts France in the Indo-Pacific
May 04, 2018
Australia Courts France in the Indo-Pacific
French President Emmanuel Macron visited Australia this week, the second French leader to do so.
Australia Courts France in the Indo-Pacific
Viewing the Inter-Korea Summit from Australia
May 01, 2018
Viewing the Inter-Korea Summit from Australia
Given Australia's economic interests in Northeast Asia, how does Canberra view the Inter-Korea summit?
Viewing the Inter-Korea Summit from Australia
For Balance, Australia Aims to Draw the UK Back into the Pacific
April 19, 2018
For Balance, Australia Aims to Draw the UK Back into the Pacific
The United Kingdom has an extensive Pacific legacy, but there’s room and demand for increased engagement and aid.
For Balance, Australia Aims to Draw the UK Back into the Pacific
PACER Plus, Minus Tonga
March 30, 2018
PACER Plus, Minus Tonga
Tonga joins Papua New Guinea and Fiji as a non-signatory to PACER Plus -- can the agreement survive without them?
PACER Plus, Minus Tonga
UN Recommends Graduating 2 Pacific Island States From the LDC Category
March 23, 2018
UN Recommends Graduating 2 Pacific Island States From the LDC Category
The UN recommended recently that Solomon Islands and Kiribati be removed from the least developed country (LDC) list.
UN Recommends Graduating 2 Pacific Island States From the LDC Category
New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics?
March 09, 2018
New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics?
Ostensibly to survey cyclone damage, the prime minister’s trip also underscores Wellington’s refocusing on its Pacific Island relationships.
New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics?
Closing the Gap: Agreement Reached on Australia-Timor-Leste Maritime Border
March 01, 2018
Closing the Gap: Agreement Reached on Australia-Timor-Leste Maritime Border
The agreement made at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague settles an old dispute.
Closing the Gap: Agreement Reached on Australia-Timor-Leste Maritime Border
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
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