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COVID-19 Escalates the China-Australia Contest in the Pacific
April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Escalates the China-Australia Contest in the Pacific

By Philip Citowicki
China’s COVID-19 public relations push presents a major challenge for Australia, and the West broadly, in countering Chinese influence in the Pacific

Australia’s Southeast Asian Step Down
March 17, 2020

Australia’s Southeast Asian Step Down

By Grant Wyeth
Diminishing Canberra's presence in Southeast Asia to reinforce its goals in the South Pacific is a trade-off with a significant cost. 
China, Australia, and the Soft Power of Rugby in the South Pacific
February 22, 2020

China, Australia, and the Soft Power of Rugby in the South Pacific

By Thomas Wilkinson
Samoa will host a rugby tournament, thanks to Chinese funding. But Australia sees the sport as its own soft power advantage.

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia
January 16, 2020

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia

By Christopher Ryan
As Australia struggles with climate changes impacts, so too will its neighbors.

As Australia Burns, Papua New Guinea and Other Pacific States Extend Offers of Assistance
January 06, 2020

As Australia Burns, Papua New Guinea and Other Pacific States Extend Offers of Assistance

By Grant Wyeth
The global community has offered great assistance to Australia, but it’s extended hands from the Pacific which Canberra should cherish most.

Australia Risks Losing Allies in Pacific Over Climate Policies
August 21, 2019

Australia Risks Losing Allies in Pacific Over Climate Policies

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Pacific Islands Forum ended with island leaders frustrated – and furious – over Australia's intransigence on coal.

The Carmichael Coal Mine: Despite Approval, Uncertainties Abound
June 17, 2019

The Carmichael Coal Mine: Despite Approval, Uncertainties Abound

By Grant Wyeth
The recent environmental approval does little to settle the controversies over the mine's impact.
Australia’s Domestic Politics Hamstrings Its Pacific Foreign Policy
September 10, 2018

Australia’s Domestic Politics Hamstrings Its Pacific Foreign Policy

By Grant Wyeth
In the Pacific, climate change is an existential threat. Australia’s domestic unease on the issue hinders its foreign policy.

Australia’s Pacific Island Myopia
July 13, 2018

Australia’s Pacific Island Myopia

By Matthew Dornan
Overreacting to China’s presence in the Pacific Islands is actually undermining Australia's image in the region.

Oceania’s Place in Australia’s New Foreign Policy White Paper
December 01, 2017

Oceania’s Place in Australia’s New Foreign Policy White Paper

By Grant Wyeth
Importantly, the paper dedicated a chapter to Australia’s role within the Pacific.

Australian Foreign Minister Island Hops Around the South Pacific
December 07, 2016

Australian Foreign Minister Island Hops Around the South Pacific

By Grant Wyeth
Julie Bishop will visit the Solomon Islands, Samoa, and Vanuatu over the course of two days.
Australia Launches New Pacific Patrol Boat Program
July 01, 2014

Australia Launches New Pacific Patrol Boat Program

By Shahryar Pasandideh
Providing patrol boats to its island neighbors gives Australia influence and stability in its emerging periphery.

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