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Prabowo Set to Complicate the Australia-Indonesia Relationship
October 26, 2020

Prabowo Set to Complicate the Australia-Indonesia Relationship

By Ross B. Taylor
Despite his dark past, Canberra may eventually be forced to hold its nose and engage with the former Indonesian general.

US Aid Pledge to Pro-Taiwan Solomon Islands Province Raises Eyebrows
October 23, 2020

US Aid Pledge to Pro-Taiwan Solomon Islands Province Raises Eyebrows

By Joshua Mcdonald
The $25 million in aid to Malaita has sparked concerns that Washington is aid for geopolitical gain vis-a-vis China.
Australian Parliament to Debate a Beijing Olympics Boycott
October 21, 2020

Australian Parliament to Debate a Beijing Olympics Boycott

By Philip Citowicki
Next month the Senate will debate Australia’s participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics amid growing outcry over China’s human rights violations.

Ardern Poised to Win Re-election in New Zealand.
October 16, 2020

Ardern Poised to Win Re-election in New Zealand.

By Joshua Mcdonald
Jacinda Ardern’s Labor Party is expected to come out far ahead in Saturday’s election, but may end up needing the Greens as a coalition partner.

Australia Looks to Tighten Government Oversight of University Agreements With China
October 14, 2020

Australia Looks to Tighten Government Oversight of University Agreements With China

By Robert Potter
The move is overdue, as public entities and state governments have proven unable to fully vet their agreements with China.

PIF Fragmentation May Alter US-China Competition in the Pacific
October 14, 2020

PIF Fragmentation May Alter US-China Competition in the Pacific

By Derek Grossman
A looming north-south split in the Pacific Islands Forum poses both challenges and opportunities to the rival superpowers.

Pacific Islands Forum Presses for Human Rights Mission to West Papua
October 09, 2020

Pacific Islands Forum Presses for Human Rights Mission to West Papua

By Joshua Mcdonald
Protests continue in West Papua as the Pacific Islands Forum seeks access to assess the human rights situation.
Fiji’s Bainimarama Makes Pacific Plea for Multilateralism
October 06, 2020

Fiji’s Bainimarama Makes Pacific Plea for Multilateralism

By Grant Wyeth
From COVID-19 to climate change, the most pressing global issues – and those of most concern to Pacific states – are best served by collective action.

UN Raises Human Rights Concerns Over Proposed Mine in PNG
October 05, 2020

UN Raises Human Rights Concerns Over Proposed Mine in PNG

By Joshua Mcdonald
Papua New Guinea has a troubling history of foreign mining companies destroying the ecosystem locals depend on. 

New Caledonia Again Ponders Independence From France
September 30, 2020

New Caledonia Again Ponders Independence From France

By Joshua Mcdonald
A second independence referendum, of a possible three, is scheduled for October 4.

Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence
September 28, 2020

Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence

By Grant Wyeth
An autonomous region in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville is aiming for independence and elected a president who shares that ambition.
The Waning Health of US Democracy Is a Poignant Reminder for Australia
September 24, 2020

The Waning Health of US Democracy Is a Poignant Reminder for Australia

By Philip Citowicki
With alarm bells ringing across the Pacific, Australia must act quickly to reform its own political environment – before it’s too late.

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