2020

Southeast Asia Snapshot #2

A wrap up on the fortnight that was in South East Asia by Dr Lucy West. Dengue outbreak complicates South East Asia’s COVID-19 response. Myanmar soldiers confirm atrocities against Rohingya. Read More

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China’s relations with the West, setting a worrying precedent

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China’s relations with the West as Australian journalists Bill Birtles of the ABC and Mike Smith of The Australian Financial Review we forced to depart China. Read More

As the pandemic ravages global economies, how are things going in the PICs?

The effects of COVID-19 on global economies is described very well in just one word—one which now has become synonymous with the pandemic—“unprecedented”!  In the… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 9 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Solomon Islands political tensions In Solomon Islands, tensions between the provincial government of Malaita and the national government continue… Read More

India in the wake of a pandemic-driven recession: Massive loss, modest response?

YAN ISLAM | India’s national statistical agency announced on August 31 that quarterly (April to June, 2020) GDP declined by a massive 23.9… Read More

‘We are in dire straits’: Pacific stands on COVID brink amid surging infections

Rising cases in Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, and Guam raise fears of uncontrolled coronavirus outbreaks across Pacific. Read More

Listening in on US–China relations

Professor Kai He shares insights on US-China relations. Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, claims that US President Donald Trump has put together a ‘war council’ to take down the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over? Dr Susan Harris Rimmer shares her insights. Read More

Responding to the economic fall-out of COVID-19 in Pacific island countries

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating havoc in Pacific island countries (PICs). Within eight months, countries in the region have seen their economies nose-dive to negative… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 2 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Marshallese remain unsatisfied over Runit Dome reporting In Marshall Islands, the US Department of Energy (DoE) has presented its… Read More


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