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What Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Means for the Pacific
March 04, 2022

What Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Means for the Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
Simply put, the future is Asian, and Europe would be wise to ensure it protects Asian democracies from the threatening autocracy in their neighborhood: China.

As COVID-19 Crashes Across Solomon Islands, Vaccines Must Be Available to All
February 12, 2022

As COVID-19 Crashes Across Solomon Islands, Vaccines Must Be Available to All

By Clement Manuri
If we want Solomon Islanders to have a safe future, our people must embrace vaccinations everywhere, on all islands, from the coast to the mountains and the valleys.
Lockdowns in Pacific States Facing First Serious COVID Waves
January 26, 2022

Lockdowns in Pacific States Facing First Serious COVID Waves

By Joshua Mcdonald
The Pacific nations of Kiribati, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands are facing their first significant outbreaks of COVID-19.

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region
September 29, 2021

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region

By Sasha Davis
How a faulty geographical mindset is leading policymakers astray in the region.

Sydney Think Tank Says China Less Generous Toward Pacific
September 28, 2021

Sydney Think Tank Says China Less Generous Toward Pacific

By Rod McGuirk
Chinese aid to the Pacific shrank by 31 percent in 2019 to $169 million, the Lowy Institute said.

How Pacific Regionalism Fell Apart
August 01, 2021

How Pacific Regionalism Fell Apart

By Steven Ratuva
It was almost inevitable that fractures would emerge within the Pacific Islands Forum.

Why Pacific Communities Rely on Facebook for Access to News
February 23, 2021

Why Pacific Communities Rely on Facebook for Access to News

By Joshua Mcdonald
Facebook is set to reverse its block of news in Australia, but the interruption highlighted deeper information problems across the Pacific.
Trouble at the University of the South Pacific
February 12, 2021

Trouble at the University of the South Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
Last week, Fiji deported the university's vice chancellor, leading some to suggest relocating its headquarters to Samoa.

Pacific States Gather Behind Nuke Ban Treaty
November 09, 2020

Pacific States Gather Behind Nuke Ban Treaty

By Joshua Mcdonald
Many nations across the Pacific, directly impacted by nuclear testing, have backed the ban -- but not all.

NGOs and Scientists Urge Moratorium on Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific
May 20, 2020

NGOs and Scientists Urge Moratorium on Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific

By Luke Hunt
Mining for battery metals seen as a threat to Pacific Island nations.

China Reportedly Eying Pacific’s Largest Mobile Carrier
May 14, 2020

China Reportedly Eying Pacific’s Largest Mobile Carrier

By Grant Wyeth
The Australian government would likely be very wary of such a development, should it occur. 
Vanuatu Alone in Rebuilding After Cyclone Harold
May 01, 2020

Vanuatu Alone in Rebuilding After Cyclone Harold

By Joshua Mcdonald
Amid a global public health emergency, Vanuatu’s efforts to respond to one disaster are restricted by its efforts to prevent another.

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