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Privatising Poverty Series Part 3: The anti-democratic aims of right-leaning neo-liberalism

RON BEVACQUA | The first post in this blog series noted that the ILO, USAID, and Word Bank began implementing programs that targeted the… Read More


Buying the wrong submarine

PETER LAYTON | Nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) are technically incredible. They are akin to the Australian Navy’s conventionally powered Collins Class submarines but much faster,… Read More

HIV/AIDS in the Pacific: The forgotten ticking timebomb

RENATA RAM  |  Over the last decade, Pacific island countries have had to deal with a multitude of problems, with the increase in non-communicable diseases,… Read More

Southeast Asia snapshot #36

SOVINDA PO | Singapore to consider cancelling culture laws In a recent interview, Singapore’s Law Minister, Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, revealed the possibility of including… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 28 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Pacific leaders to meet with US President at the White House This week will see the first meeting between the President… Read More

Defence industry and the Pacific

PETER LAYTON* | From an Australian defence viewpoint, the Pacific is suddenly fashionable.  This renewed attention has encouraged some interest in possible regional opportunities… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 21 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Disaster response in focus in Brisbane Pacific ministers and officials converged on Brisbane this week for the UN’s Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference… Read More

Change underfoot in the uneasy UK-China relationship?

CAITLIN BYRNE | China’s President Xi Jinping was swift to send his condolences to King Charles III on the passing of the British… Read More

Southeast Asia snapshot #35

SOVINDA PO | Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor sentenced to prison in Malaysia The former Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, was recently sentenced… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 14 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Large earthquake hits Papua New Guinea An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale has struck eastern Papua New Guinea,… Read More

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