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What Do the Pacific Island Countries Think About China?
June 30, 2022

What Do the Pacific Island Countries Think About China?

Henry Ivarature, Lice Movono, and Patricia O’Brien discuss the hopes and concerns Pacific Island governments – and people – have about China.

China’s Pacific Push Is Already Remaking the Region
June 14, 2022

China’s Pacific Push Is Already Remaking the Region

By Patricia O’Brien
After a whirlwind of visits and agreements, where does the Pacific region stand?
Australia, the Lucky Country, Could Be More Generous
May 20, 2021

Australia, the Lucky Country, Could Be More Generous

By Joshua Mcdonald
The recent Australian budget leaves little breathing room for Pacific Island nations.

How the Pacific Islands Forum Fell Apart
February 10, 2021

How the Pacific Islands Forum Fell Apart

By Cleo Paskal
The decision by Micronesian countries to leave the PIF will have major strategic implications.

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.

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