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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.

Delayed But Looming: The Question of Bougainville Independence
March 14, 2019
Delayed But Looming: The Question of Bougainville Independence
The referendum for Papua New Guinea's eastern region is now set for October. How its outcome will be handled remains unclear.
Delayed But Looming: The Question of Bougainville Independence
India’s Sikh Sensitivities and Canadian Politics
March 08, 2019
India’s Sikh Sensitivities and Canadian Politics
By-elections are usually a local matter, but India was probably watching a recent election in Vancouver.
India’s Sikh Sensitivities and Canadian Politics
The New Colombo Plan and Australia’s Asian Future
March 04, 2019
The New Colombo Plan and Australia’s Asian Future
The program’s true success will come when wider Australia society begins to feel a greater affinity with Asia.
The New Colombo Plan and Australia’s Asian Future
If the Global Population Busts, Can Australia Boom with a Proactive Immigration Policy?
February 26, 2019
If the Global Population Busts, Can Australia Boom with a Proactive Immigration Policy?
A declining global population will make the maintenance of Australia’s immigration program the country’s primary strategic asset.
If the Global Population Busts, Can Australia Boom with a Proactive Immigration Policy?
Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art: Politics on Display in Australia
February 14, 2019
Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art: Politics on Display in Australia
The broader definition of what constitutes the entity of “China” is on display in Sydney in more ways than one.
Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art: Politics on Display in Australia
Why Did Australia Push Out a Chinese Communist Party-Linked Billionaire?
February 09, 2019
Why Did Australia Push Out a Chinese Communist Party-Linked Billionaire?
Alex Joske explains the context of the Australian government's actions against Huang Xiangmo.
Why Did Australia Push Out a Chinese Communist Party-Linked Billionaire?
Australia's Pacific Step-Up: More Than Just Talk
February 08, 2019
Australia's Pacific Step-Up: More Than Just Talk
Australia's Pacific outreach is picking up steam.
Australia's Pacific Step-Up: More Than Just Talk
Australia Courts Vanuatu With Prime Minister Visit
January 17, 2019
Australia Courts Vanuatu With Prime Minister Visit
Much as Canberra may desire a formal defense agreement, Australia is unlikely to woo non-aligned Vanuatu that far.
Australia Courts Vanuatu With Prime Minister Visit
Taiwan and the Pacific: One Big, Happy Austronesian Family
January 09, 2019
Taiwan and the Pacific: One Big, Happy Austronesian Family
In focusing efforts to promote its indigenous peoples and culture, Taiwan is making a political gambit in the Pacific as well.
Taiwan and the Pacific: One Big, Happy Austronesian Family
Explaining Australia’s Meek Response to China's Arbitrary Detention of 2 Canadians
January 03, 2019
Explaining Australia’s Meek Response to China's Arbitrary Detention of 2 Canadians
Australia has been slow to respond to these events, instead choosing to remain mostly aloof. Why?
Explaining Australia’s Meek Response to China's Arbitrary Detention of 2 Canadians
Australia’s Israel Embassy Decision and the Convergence of Conservative Identity
December 18, 2018
Australia’s Israel Embassy Decision and the Convergence of Conservative Identity
Australia’s foreign policy may be moving into a phase where it is no longer mostly above partisan politics.
Australia’s Israel Embassy Decision and the Convergence of Conservative Identity
India, Pakistan, and the Kartarpur Corridor
December 11, 2018
India, Pakistan, and the Kartarpur Corridor
The Kartarpur Corridor may be a small initiative to create some goodwill and ease one pressure on both states.
India, Pakistan, and the Kartarpur Corridor
Australia’s Liberal Party in Disarray
December 07, 2018
Australia’s Liberal Party in Disarray
Does the party have the ability to purge its reactionary elements and realign itself as a responsible governing entity?
Australia’s Liberal Party in Disarray
Bainimarama and FijiFirst Secure Electoral Victory
November 19, 2018
Bainimarama and FijiFirst Secure Electoral Victory
Former coup leader-turned Prime Minister Bainimarama held onto power, winning more time to reshape Fijian politics.
Bainimarama and FijiFirst Secure Electoral Victory
New Caledonia Votes to Stay With France, For Now
November 06, 2018
New Caledonia Votes to Stay With France, For Now
An interview with Alexandre Dayant on New Caledonia's independence referendum and the future of France in the Pacific.
New Caledonia Votes to Stay With France, For Now
In Bhutan, a Win for Australia's International Education Strategy
November 05, 2018
In Bhutan, a Win for Australia's International Education Strategy
Bhutan’s incoming prime minister and foreign minister both hold degrees from Australian universities.
In Bhutan, a Win for Australia's International Education Strategy
Paying Attention to the Blue Pacific
October 30, 2018
Paying Attention to the Blue Pacific
Pacific Island countries want to rebrand as “large ocean states,” custodians of large swaths of the Pacific Ocean.
Paying Attention to the Blue Pacific
What Concerns Japan in the Pacific?
October 18, 2018
What Concerns Japan in the Pacific?
Tokyo remains highly engaged among Pacific Island states, and shares some of their concerns about China.
What Concerns Japan in the Pacific?
Why is Australia Trying to Push Migrants Away from Sydney and Melbourne?
October 11, 2018
Why is Australia Trying to Push Migrants Away from Sydney and Melbourne?
Canberra simply doesn’t understand the power and pull of urban spaces in the modern economy.
Why is Australia Trying to Push Migrants Away from Sydney and Melbourne?
Fiji: The Peacekeepers
September 27, 2018
Fiji: The Peacekeepers
Per capita since 1970, Fiji has contributed more personnel to UN Peacekeeping missions than any other state.
Fiji: The Peacekeepers
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?
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