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New Zealand’s Mixed Messaging on the Beijing Olympic Boycott
December 14, 2021

New Zealand’s Mixed Messaging on the Beijing Olympic Boycott

By Christopher Edward Carroll
New Zealanders and traditional allies alike are looking for a strong stance from the Ardern government.
Australia’s Birth Rate Falls to All-Time Low
December 13, 2021

Australia’s Birth Rate Falls to All-Time Low

By Grant Wyeth
Australia’s birth rates have been declining since the 1960s with several factors at play, not the least of which is ballooning housing costs.

New Caledonia Referendum: ‘No’ to Independence Amid Low Turnout
December 13, 2021

New Caledonia Referendum: ‘No’ to Independence Amid Low Turnout

By Joshua Mcdonald
Pro-independence groups boycotted the vote, COVID-19 further limited participation in the third referendum on the question of independence from France.

New Zealand’s Conflicted China Strategy
December 11, 2021

New Zealand’s Conflicted China Strategy

By Geoffrey Miller
China strategy dominated New Zealand’s foreign policy year, but the government has yet to find a consistent position.

Australia’s Aid Program Is Due For a Reckoning
December 09, 2021

Australia’s Aid Program Is Due For a Reckoning

By Dustin Barter
Australia's development engagement with Cambodia and Myanmar offers an object lesson in how not to do aid.
Australia Joins US in Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics
December 09, 2021

Australia Joins US in Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics

By Nick Perry
PM Scott Morrison said the decision stemmed from China’s human rights abuses as well as generally strained ties.

Taiwan Must Avoid Pouring Fuel on Solomon Islands Fire
December 08, 2021

Taiwan Must Avoid Pouring Fuel on Solomon Islands Fire

By James Baron
The Solomons is a tinderbox of complex ethnic tensions, corruption, and competing local interests, meaning interference from Beijing or Taipei can have disastrous consequences.
Strong Showing for the Pacific at Biden’s Summit for Democracy
November 30, 2021

Strong Showing for the Pacific at Biden’s Summit for Democracy

By Grant Wyeth
The Pacific Islands have not been overlooked by the White House, although the region’s democracies face challenges, too.

Violent Protests Unsettle Solomon Islands
November 26, 2021

Violent Protests Unsettle Solomon Islands

By Joshua Mcdonald
The protests began on Wednesday, when hundreds of protestors marched on the parliamentary precinct in the capital Honiara.

Is China to Blame for Solomon Islands Unrest?
November 26, 2021

Is China to Blame for Solomon Islands Unrest?

By Rod McGuirk
Resentment against Chinese business people is longstanding and has fueled violence in Honiara’s Chinatown.

Australia Sending Troops to Solomon Islands as Unrest Grows
November 25, 2021

Australia Sending Troops to Solomon Islands as Unrest Grows

By David Rising and Rod McGuirk
Sogavare’s decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China is among the reasons for the current unrest in Solomon Islands.
Australia’s New Sanctions Approach: Beyond Magnitsky
November 24, 2021

Australia’s New Sanctions Approach: Beyond Magnitsky

By Philip Citowicki
Magnitsky-styled reform is predicated on targeting human rights abusers abroad. The Morrison government’s plans go further, to touch on cyberattacks and other modern threats.

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