September, 2020

New Caledonia – towards a new Pacific nation?

On 4 October, the Pacific Nation of New Caledonia will take part in, a referendum to determine their political future. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 30 September

Bougainville president-elect receives congratulations Having been confirmed as President-elect in Bougainville, Ishmael Toarama has received congratulations on his electoral victory. The Prime Minister of Papua… Read More

A competitive post-carbon world

Wesley Morgan concludes that the pressures of climate change will see economies tansform to suit a post-carbon future, which will precipitate a shift in industrial bases and markets, changing the character of global competition. Read More

Good neighbours? Supporting countries of the Pacific in meeting COVID-19 challenges

COVID-19 and its attendant health and economic impacts have left no part of the world untouched. As the year has progressed, bilateral and multilateral relationships, especially with Australia, have played a very significant part in how Pacific island countries have prepared for and responded to the crisis. Read More

Regional wrap | 59

In Regional Wrap with Aakriti Bacchawat- China's flexing of military muscle over Taiwan Wang-Jaishankar meeting fails to achieve peace at LAC Fresh political drama in Malaysia Read More

South East Asia Snapshot #3

A fortnightly snapshot of what’s making headlines in South East Asia. Pro-democracy movement gains momentum in Bangkok. Duterte defends drug war and the Philippine’s South China Sea claims in UN speech. Annual ASEAN foreign ministers convene online Read More

Yes government debt is cheap, but that doesn’t mean it comes risk-free

Professor Tony Makin says that while a strong response to the COVID19 pandemic has been necessary, it has come with costs. These have been huge budget deficits and sky-high government debt. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 23 September

Fallout in Samoa after Deputy Prime Minister resigns In Samoa, the Prime Minister, Tuialepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has said that he does not intend to… Read More

As US-China ties worsen, India and China must revisit the ‘Bandung spirit’ to avert a new cold war

While Beijing does not intend to get involved in an ideological battle with Washington, all of Asia risks getting caught up in their strategic competition China and India took part in the 1955 Bandung Conference. Now they must reignite that spirit and look towards peaceful coexistence among nations Read More

Why Asian nations should no longer play the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking game

The Doing Business Report (henceforth DBR) is a celebrated flagship publication of the World Bank. DBR grew out of a ‘project’ in 2002.  As the… Read More

From the Forum Foreign Ministers…
Trump took a sledgehammer to US-China relations. This won’t be an easy fix, even if Biden wins
Social media and democracy in the Philippines
COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines

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