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UN Secretary-General Pays a Visit to the Blue Pacific
May 17, 2019

UN Secretary-General Pays a Visit to the Blue Pacific

By Grant Wyeth
The Pacific’s “large ocean states” are on the frontlines of climate change, and urging the world to act.
Australia Courts Vanuatu With Prime Minister Visit
January 17, 2019

Australia Courts Vanuatu With Prime Minister Visit

By Grant Wyeth
Much as Canberra may desire a formal defense agreement, Australia is unlikely to woo non-aligned Vanuatu that far.

Paying Attention to the Blue Pacific
October 30, 2018

Paying Attention to the Blue Pacific

By Grant Wyeth
Pacific Island countries want to rebrand as “large ocean states,” custodians of large swaths of the Pacific Ocean.

What Drives Indonesia's Pacific Island Strategy?
August 13, 2018

What Drives Indonesia's Pacific Island Strategy?

By Grant Wyeth
Jakarta is courting Pacific Island states, hoping to change regional positions on the West Papua issue.

Finding Common Cause: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States Meet in Togo
June 02, 2018

Finding Common Cause: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States Meet in Togo

By Grant Wyeth
For Pacific Island countries, the ACP grouping is a important forum to find common cause with other small and developing states.
For Balance, Australia Aims to Draw the UK Back into the Pacific
April 19, 2018

For Balance, Australia Aims to Draw the UK Back into the Pacific

By Grant Wyeth
The United Kingdom has an extensive Pacific legacy, but there’s room and demand for increased engagement and aid.

New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics?
March 09, 2018

New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics?

By Grant Wyeth
Ostensibly to survey cyclone damage, the prime minister’s trip also underscores Wellington’s refocusing on its Pacific Island relationships.
Is China Building Roads to Nowhere in the Pacific?
January 17, 2018

Is China Building Roads to Nowhere in the Pacific?

By Grant Wyeth
An Australia minister lashed out at Chinese investment in the Pacific region. Why take up the issue now?

Hidden in Plain Sight: Australia’s Foreign Workers
December 19, 2017

Hidden in Plain Sight: Australia’s Foreign Workers

By Grant Wyeth
A new report stresses the urgent need for Canberra to review and reform its Seasonal Workers Program.

In Fiji, India's Pacific Presence Grows
December 11, 2017

In Fiji, India's Pacific Presence Grows

By Grant Wyeth
With historical and cultural links, India looks to firm up relations with Fiji.

The Cook Islands Set to Graduate to 'Developed' Nation Status
October 06, 2017

The Cook Islands Set to Graduate to 'Developed' Nation Status

By Grant Wyeth
The OECD’s call is a positive achievement for the Pacific island nation, but also presents new challenges.
For Pacific Island States, Climate Change Is an Existential Threat
June 05, 2017

For Pacific Island States, Climate Change Is an Existential Threat

By Grant Wyeth
U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement is deeply concerning to leaders in the Pacific.

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