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Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit!

COLIN MACKERRAS | On 22 January 2023, we celebrate the Chinese New Year, moving from the Year of the Tiger to the Year of… Read More


Privatising Poverty Series Part 5: A uniquely appropriate caricature

Economy, Privatising poverty, Ron Bevacqua, Read More

Uplifting women in the kava industry not a break in Pacific tradition

NIKKI RICHARDSON | In some parts of Vanuatu, women are still forbidden from entering a nakamal, or ‘kava bar’, as it is traditionally a… Read More

Discussions about Pacific aid need to go beyond the instrumental and local voices must be heard

HANNA MCNICOL | After signing a security deal with China in April and a $100 million deal with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei… Read More

Fiji’s government may have changed, but the military is making it clear it will not go quietly

JON FRAENKEL  |  We are starting to see what Fiji politics is likely to look like under the new government elected in December 2022. One… Read More

Southeast Asia snapshot #42

SOVINDA PO | ASEAN’s response to China lifting its travel restrictions China abruptly lifted its Zero Covid Policy, on 8 January 2023, allowing… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 18 January

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Welcome to the Pacific Outlook Bulletin. For 2023, we have a fresh look and a new publishing schedule – the Bulletin… Read More

Disaster-resilient infrastructure top priority in the Pacific

JACK WHELAN | As floods wreaked havoc across vast areas of eastern Australia, 2022 was described as ‘The Great Deluge’, with record-breaking rainfall and… Read More

Six reasons 2023 could be a very good year for climate action

WESLEY MORGAN  |  Many people think of the annual UN climate talks as talkfests which achieve only incremental change, at best. Activist Greta Thunberg has… Read More

The Linebacker II air campaign anniversary and the Ukraine war

PETER LAYTON | December marked 50 years since the ‘maximum effort’ Operation Linebacker II air campaign that forced the North Vietnamese regime back to… Read More

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