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New Zealand’s Subtly Shifting Foreign Policy
January 28, 2022

New Zealand’s Subtly Shifting Foreign Policy

By Lifang Peng
In the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic and the China-U.S. trade war have forced the New Zealand government to diversify its trade and diplomatic relations.

Lockdowns in Pacific States Facing First Serious COVID Waves
January 26, 2022

Lockdowns in Pacific States Facing First Serious COVID Waves

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Pacific nations of Kiribati, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands are facing their first significant outbreaks of COVID-19.
23 Australians on Ship Delivering Aid to Tonga Have COVID-19
January 25, 2022

23 Australians on Ship Delivering Aid to Tonga Have COVID-19

By Associated Press
The pandemic is complicating international aid to tsunami-hit Tonga, one of the world’s few COVID-free countries.

First Aid Flights Arrive in Tonga After Big Volcano Eruption
January 20, 2022

First Aid Flights Arrive in Tonga After Big Volcano Eruption

By Nick Perry
More than 80 percent of Tonga's population have been impacted by the volcano's eruption.

The Problem With Australia’s Conservatism
January 20, 2022

The Problem With Australia’s Conservatism

By Grant Wyeth
Australia may find itself sleep walking into an international environment that it doesn't have the disposition to effectively negotiate. 

Volcanic Eruption Devastates Tonga
January 19, 2022

Volcanic Eruption Devastates Tonga

By Joshua Mcdonald
Tonga is made up of 169 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. It’s expected to take weeks to survey the scale of the damage. 

Omicron Overshadows Australia’s Opening Up
January 14, 2022

Omicron Overshadows Australia’s Opening Up

By Joshua Mcdonald
Opening up after nearly two years closed off from the world, Australia knew that would mean a rise in COVID-19 cases. But Omicron has surged cases past expectations.
Australia’s Working Holiday Visa Can Help Solve Its Population Problem
January 12, 2022

Australia’s Working Holiday Visa Can Help Solve Its Population Problem

By Grant Wyeth
The question that should be at the forefront of the government’s mind is this: How to make it easier for these people to transition to longer term visas, permanent residency, and citizenship? 

Djokovic Saga Shines Ugly Spotlight on Australia’s Detention Program
January 11, 2022

Djokovic Saga Shines Ugly Spotlight on Australia’s Detention Program

By Dechlan Brennan
The recent frenzy over tennis player Novak Djokovic has helped highlight the cruel detention conditions of refugees in Australia.

Some Say Politics at Play in Djokovic Detention in Australia
January 08, 2022

Some Say Politics at Play in Djokovic Detention in Australia

By Steve McMorran
"No one is above these rules," Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Australia’s Far-Right Taps Into COVID-Restriction Frustration
January 03, 2022

Australia’s Far-Right Taps Into COVID-Restriction Frustration

By Joshua Mcdonald
Protesters include the anti-vax wellness community, Christian fundamentalists, and some of Australia’s most extreme far-right organizations.
Australia’s Growing Ties With Northeast Asia
January 01, 2022

Australia’s Growing Ties With Northeast Asia

By Grant Wyeth
It is at the intersection of commercial and hard-security interests that Australia’s relationships with Japan and South Korea are finding their increasing health.

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