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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.

Foreign Intervention Complicates Solomon Islands Unrest
November 29, 2021

Foreign Intervention Complicates Solomon Islands Unrest

By Cleo Paskal
The problem was sparked by perceived CCP interference. It can’t be solved by Australia taking a similarly heavy hand.
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.

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.
Australia Disappoints at COP26
November 17, 2021

Australia Disappoints at COP26

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australian leaders appear thankful that the global commitments at COP26 weren’t more ambitious.

Decoding Nanaia Mahuta’s First Foreign Trip
November 17, 2021

Decoding Nanaia Mahuta’s First Foreign Trip

By Geoffrey Miller
New Zealand’s foreign minister is on her first trip overseas: a seven-country tour of Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, the UAE, Qatar, the U.S., and Canada.

AUKUS, Civic Decay, and the Challenges Facing Democratic Coalitions
November 15, 2021

AUKUS, Civic Decay, and the Challenges Facing Democratic Coalitions

By Grant Wyeth
Adherence to democratic values and practices is essential for maintaining stability in Australia’s neighborhood. That extends to alliance maintenance, too.

Pacific Leaders Agree on Vaccines But Not on US Hosting APEC
November 13, 2021

Pacific Leaders Agree on Vaccines But Not on US Hosting APEC

By Nick Perry and Jim Gomez
Russia reportedly refused to support the U.S. hosting the gathering in 2023, derailing the matter for now in the consensus-driven grouping.
Australia’s New Electric Vehicle Policy or Morrison’s Biggest Backflip?
November 12, 2021

Australia’s New Electric Vehicle Policy or Morrison’s Biggest Backflip?

By Joshua Mcdonald
Some accused the Australian prime minister of lying as his 2022 campaign unofficially kicked off with a massive backflip on electric vehicle policies.

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