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Violence Rages in New Caledonia as France Rushes Emergency Reinforcements to Its Pacific Territory

Violence Rages in New Caledonia as France Rushes Emergency Reinforcements to Its Pacific Territory

By Barbara Surk and Alex Turnbull
France imposed a state of emergency for the first time since 1985 as protests against voting reforms morphed into violence.
France Imposes Curfew in New Caledonia After Protests Turn Violent

France Imposes Curfew in New Caledonia After Protests Turn Violent

By Associated Press
The unrest started as French lawmakers debated voting reforms opposed by the indigenous Kanak people, who have long sought independence.

Fiji’s Former PM Frank Bainimarama Sentenced to Prison for Interfering in Police Investigation

Fiji’s Former PM Frank Bainimarama Sentenced to Prison for Interfering in Police Investigation

By Rod McGuirk
The charges stem from 2019, when then-Prime Minister Bainimarama ended an investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement at the University of the South Pacific.

Australia: How Child Maltreatment Drives Mental Health Crisis

Australia: How Child Maltreatment Drives Mental Health Crisis

By Lucinda Grummitt
Many cases of mental illness in Australia could be eradicated by targeting child maltreatment. The impacts of doing nothing are devastating.

New Zealand’s Geopolitical Friendly Fire Has Its Limits

New Zealand’s Geopolitical Friendly Fire Has Its Limits

By Geoffrey Miller
Australia and Canada are on the receiving end of fiery remarks made by New Zealand ministers, but there are limits to the tough talk.
Jeremiah Manele Becomes Solomon Islands Prime Minister

Jeremiah Manele Becomes Solomon Islands Prime Minister

By Patricia O’Brien
Whatever window of opportunity the election presented for a change of course on the geopolitical front has closed. But Manele has an opportunity still to deflate regional tensions.

The Inevitability of Indian Spies in Australia

The Inevitability of Indian Spies in Australia

By Grant Wyeth
India’s emerging great power status comes with great power behavior.
Fiji and Rabuka’s Peacemaking Ambitions

Fiji and Rabuka’s Peacemaking Ambitions

By Merewalesi Nailatikau
The prime minister is promoting his “Ocean of Peace” concept, despite significant dissonance within Fiji’s foreign policy.

Australian Ministers Won’t Comment on Media Reports That Indian Spies Were Secretly Expelled

Australian Ministers Won’t Comment on Media Reports That Indian Spies Were Secretly Expelled

By Rod McGuirk
Australia's prime minister, foreign minister, and treasurer all deflected questions about India’s reported “nest of spies” in the country.

Where to Next in Australia’s Battle With Elon Musk and X?

Where to Next in Australia’s Battle With Elon Musk and X?

By Terry Flew
The Australian government’s battle with Elon Musk and X over violent content appears admirable, but will it change anything for those vulnerable to its harm?

What Does It Mean to Defend Australia?

What Does It Mean to Defend Australia?

By Grant Wyeth
Defending Australia's way of life, not just its shores, is a central objective of the new National Defense Strategy.
Sogavare Stands Down as Dust Settles From Solomon Islands Election

Sogavare Stands Down as Dust Settles From Solomon Islands Election

By Patricia O’Brien
The four-time prime minister says he won’t contest for the top office, with the election results repudiating in part the geopolitical direction he’s led the Solomon islands.

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