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Bougainville Inches Closer to Independence
July 19, 2021

Bougainville Inches Closer to Independence

By Joshua Mcdonald
Given the 2019 referendum’s nearly unanimous approval, it will be difficult for Papua New Guinea to deny the region independence.

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.
Bougainville Prepares for Presidential Election
July 01, 2020

Bougainville Prepares for Presidential Election

By Grant Wyeth
After a pandemic delay, the election is set to take place from August 12 to September 1. 

Australia, China, and Bougainville’s Choices
December 21, 2019

Australia, China, and Bougainville’s Choices

By Joshua Mcdonald
As Bougainville edges nearer to independence, Australia and China play a familiar game.

Bougainville Votes for Independence From Papua New Guinea
December 14, 2019

Bougainville Votes for Independence From Papua New Guinea

By Associated Press
Over 98 percent of voters in a long-awaited referendum wanted independence. Will they get it?

­­Bougainville’s Faustian Bargain
November 27, 2019

­­Bougainville’s Faustian Bargain

By Paul R. Williams and Carly Fabian
An ongoing independence referendum does not address the key question at the root of the conflict: the future of the Panguna mine.

Will Bougainville Reopen the Panguna Mine?
November 22, 2019

Will Bougainville Reopen the Panguna Mine?

By Joshua Mcdonald
With an independence referendum on the horizon, reopening the Panguna mine offers both attractive opportunities and terrible consequences.
Delayed But Looming: The Question of Bougainville Independence
March 14, 2019

Delayed But Looming: The Question of Bougainville Independence

By Grant Wyeth
The referendum for Papua New Guinea's eastern region is now set for October. How its outcome will be handled remains unclear.

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