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Where is Bougainville on the Path to Independence?
November 17, 2022

Where is Bougainville on the Path to Independence?

By Dechlan Brennan
After seeing overwhelming support for Bougainville independence in a 2019 referendum, there is some frustration over perceived foot-dragging by PNG.

Is Corruption a Serious Problem in the Pacific?
November 23, 2021

Is Corruption a Serious Problem in the Pacific?

By Joshua Mcdonald
A recent report illustrates that the people of the Pacific believe corruption is a massive problem for both them and their governments.
World Stands by as a COVID Crisis Unfolds in Papua New Guinea 
October 26, 2021

World Stands by as a COVID Crisis Unfolds in Papua New Guinea 

By John Fleming
With countries like Papua New Guinea on the edge of crisis, richer countries can do more to help supply vaccines and mitigate hesitancy. 

What’s the Real Cost of Papua New Guinea’s Palm Oil?
October 18, 2021

What’s the Real Cost of Papua New Guinea’s Palm Oil?

By Joshua Mcdonald
A new report claims that palm oil executives in PNG have bribed officials, paid police to brutalize villagers, used child labor, and participated in an apparent tax evasion scheme.

PNG’s Prime Minister Wants to Save His Country’s Rainforest. He Can’t Do It Alone.
October 01, 2021

PNG’s Prime Minister Wants to Save His Country’s Rainforest. He Can’t Do It Alone.

By G.S. Maribu
Prime Minister James Marape championed the Pacific's climate push at the 76th United Nations General Assembly with a proposal to preserve PNG's rainforest in exchange for development financing.

Bougainville Inches Closer to Independence
July 19, 2021

Bougainville Inches Closer to Independence

By Joshua Mcdonald
Given the 2019 referendum’s nearly unanimous approval, it will be difficult for Papua New Guinea to deny the region independence.

Australia Denies Interfering in China’s Pacific Vaccine Help
July 06, 2021

Australia Denies Interfering in China’s Pacific Vaccine Help

By Rod McGuirk
A Chinese newspaper had accused Australia of seeking to sabotage the distribution of Chinese vaccines in Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea Faces Rising COVID-19 Cases
March 17, 2021

Papua New Guinea Faces Rising COVID-19 Cases

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Pacific Island nation is on the brink of disaster, regional health experts warn.

Amid Outbreak, Australia Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Shots to PNG
March 17, 2021

Amid Outbreak, Australia Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Shots to PNG

By Sebastian Strangio
The donation serves immediate needs, but also dovetails with Australia broader program of engagement with the Pacific.

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea’s First Prime Minister, Dies
February 26, 2021

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea’s First Prime Minister, Dies

By Associated Press
After leading Papua New Guinea to its independence, Somare served four terms as the nation's prime minister.

Why China’s ‘Island City’ in Papua New Guinea is a Mirage
February 09, 2021

Why China’s ‘Island City’ in Papua New Guinea is a Mirage

By Sebastian Strangio
Australian security analysts can console themselves that the Hong Kong-based firm's plans will never eventuate.
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.

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