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A Tiff at PIF? Pacific Islands Forum Leadership Change Triggers Frustration
February 08, 2021

A Tiff at PIF? Pacific Islands Forum Leadership Change Triggers Frustration

By Grant Wyeth
Within the PIF, leadership has typically rotated between Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian states. Until now, it seems.
Connecting the Dots: Australia and Digital Infrastructure Development in the Pacific Islands
February 06, 2021

Connecting the Dots: Australia and Digital Infrastructure Development in the Pacific Islands

By Tom Corben and Euan Moyle
COVID-19 has highlighted the reactive nature of Australia's approach to digital infrastructure development in the region.

Papua New Guinea and China’s Debt Squeeze
February 02, 2021

Papua New Guinea and China’s Debt Squeeze

By Robert Potter
A debt trap? Not quite. But PNG’s telecom industry is a showcase example of how debt to China weighs down governments and constrains choices.

As Vaccines Arrive, Australia Struggles With COVID-19 ‘Infodemic,’ Too
January 29, 2021

As Vaccines Arrive, Australia Struggles With COVID-19 ‘Infodemic,’ Too

By Joshua Mcdonald
Canberra now has a plan to begin vaccinations, but hesitancy has been on the rise among Australians.

Musingku: Bougainville’s ‘Royal’ Pyramid Scheme Problem
January 27, 2021

Musingku: Bougainville’s ‘Royal’ Pyramid Scheme Problem

By Grant Wyeth
A self-declared king presents a unique problem for the Autonomous Bougainville Government as it moves toward independence.
Australia Marks National Day With Protests, Calming Words
January 27, 2021

Australia Marks National Day With Protests, Calming Words

By Associated Press
Protesters called for Australia Day – bitterly referred to as “Invasion Day” – to be abolished.

Australia’s Reading of the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific
January 14, 2021

Australia’s Reading of the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australia is noted in the document not nearly as often as Japan, South Korea, or India, but that likely underscores the already tight relations between the two countries.
Biden Administration’s Momentum Bodes Ill for Australia’s Lackluster Climate Change Policies
January 14, 2021

Biden Administration’s Momentum Bodes Ill for Australia’s Lackluster Climate Change Policies

By Philip Citowicki
The growing cost of sub-standard climate policies on Australia’s international standing may soon outweigh any domestic political gains.

Australia Debates Vaccines, Worries About New COVID-19 Strain
January 13, 2021

Australia Debates Vaccines, Worries About New COVID-19 Strain

By Joshua Mcdonald
The emergence of a much more contagious variant of COVID-19 comes as Australia rolls out vaccines. 

After Trump, Can Australia Trust the United States?
January 12, 2021

After Trump, Can Australia Trust the United States?

By Grant Wyeth
Canberra long assumed it could work with any party in Washington – but is that still true after Trump?

Should Australia Buy Papua New Guinea’s Largest Telecom Firm?
January 12, 2021

Should Australia Buy Papua New Guinea’s Largest Telecom Firm?

By Robert Potter and John Young
Yes, the potential sale of Digicel to China is concerning. But Australia should think twice before swooping in on the troubled company.
The Worrying Geopolitical Implications of Australia’s Antarctic Airport Plan
January 06, 2021

The Worrying Geopolitical Implications of Australia’s Antarctic Airport Plan

By Grant Wyeth
Beyond environmental questions, the project’s long term and more troubling impact may be the altering of the political conditions on the frozen continent.

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