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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.

Australia to Kill Pigeon that Crossed Pacific from Oregon
January 14, 2021

Australia to Kill Pigeon that Crossed Pacific from Oregon

By Associated Press
Named after the U.S. president-elect, the world-traveler is now at the mercy of Australia's strict quarantine service.

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.

Fiji Cleaning Up After Cyclone Yasa
January 04, 2021

Fiji Cleaning Up After Cyclone Yasa

By Joshua Mcdonald
The category five cyclone battered Fiji in mid-December.

Is Vietnam a Promising Economic Partner for Australia?
December 31, 2020

Is Vietnam a Promising Economic Partner for Australia?

By Grant Wyeth
A market the size of China’s is almost impossible to replace, but Australia can look elsewhere in Asia for a promising emerging economy.
Amid Pandemic, Pacific Islands Work to Offset Food Shortages
December 29, 2020

Amid Pandemic, Pacific Islands Work to Offset Food Shortages

By Associated Press
With a food crisis looming, some in the Pacific are turning back to traditional small scale home farming.

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