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Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence
September 28, 2020

Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence

By Grant Wyeth
An autonomous region in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville is aiming for independence and elected a president who shares that ambition.
The Waning Health of US Democracy Is a Poignant Reminder for Australia
September 24, 2020

The Waning Health of US Democracy Is a Poignant Reminder for Australia

By Philip Citowicki
With alarm bells ringing across the Pacific, Australia must act quickly to reform its own political environment – before it’s too late.

The Case of Cheng Lei: China Blurring the Lines of Ethnicity and Citizenship
September 24, 2020

The Case of Cheng Lei: China Blurring the Lines of Ethnicity and Citizenship

By Grant Wyeth
China has effectively created a Schrödinger’s Chinese Australian, where a person’s nationality is simultaneously Australian and Chinese depending on which serves the CCP’s purposes. 

New Zealand’s Defense Ministry Sizes Up the International Security Environment
September 22, 2020

New Zealand’s Defense Ministry Sizes Up the International Security Environment

By Nicholas Dynon
Its Statement of Intent 2020-2024 provides an assessment of the country’s security environment – with COVID-19 thrown in the mix.

Rise of the Minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia Trilateral
September 17, 2020

Rise of the Minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia Trilateral

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The India-France-Australia trilateral is only the latest of the many minilaterals that are taking shape in the Indo-Pacific region.
Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991
September 14, 2020

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991

By Joshua Mcdonald
After almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia’s luck has run out thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

China Has Built a Massive Global Database for Hybrid Warfare, International Media Reports
September 14, 2020

China Has Built a Massive Global Database for Hybrid Warfare, International Media Reports

By Abhijnan Rej
The revelations that Chinese tech firm Zhenhua has built a database of 2.4 million individuals for intelligence operations are significant though unsurprising.
The Resilient Supply Chain Initiative: Reshaping Economics Through Geopolitics
September 10, 2020

The Resilient Supply Chain Initiative: Reshaping Economics Through Geopolitics

By Amitendu Palit
A recent proposal by Australia, India, and Japan could potentially refashion supply chains in the Indo-Pacific.

How China and Taiwan Became ‘Pawns’ in Solomon Islands’ Internal Dispute
September 09, 2020

How China and Taiwan Became ‘Pawns’ in Solomon Islands’ Internal Dispute

By Grant Wyeth
The question of recognizing China vs. Taiwan has been weaponized in a long-standing dispute between Malaita and the central Solomon Islands government.

As Australia Recognizes a China Problem Its Civil Society Joins the Fight
September 09, 2020

As Australia Recognizes a China Problem Its Civil Society Joins the Fight

By Abhijnan Rej
A recent report suggests the country’s security services are cracking down on Chinese interference operations.

America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain
September 05, 2020

America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain

By Derek Grossman
Defense Secretary Esper's recent visits to Palau and Guam highlight the importance of the Second Island Chain to U.S. interests -- and China's growing influence there.
Despite Pandemic and Border Closures, Drug Smugglers Try to Reach Australian Shores
September 04, 2020

Despite Pandemic and Border Closures, Drug Smugglers Try to Reach Australian Shores

By Joshua Mcdonald
COVID-19 has seen drug prices jump even higher, making Australia a lucrative market if smugglers can reach it.

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