Afghanistan: then and now

YAN ISLAM | Afghanistan is in the news these days as the Taliban, ousted from power following the US-led invasion in 2001, has… Read More

A culture of insecurity

MARK BEESON | It’s not too controversial to suggest that the global environment isn’t in great shape, or even that it may never be… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 18 August

TESS NEWTON CAIN | Significant changes mooted ahead of elections in PNG Papua New Guinea is scheduled to hold general elections during next… Read More

Energy poverty and inequality in Sri Lanka

MANEKA JAYASINGHE, SELVA SELVANATHAN AND SAROJA SELVANATHAN | Energy poverty is defined as the absence of sufficient choice in accessing adequate, affordable, reliable, high… Read More

Responding to China’s unending grey-zone prodding

PETER LAYTON | The best way to counter China’s grey-zone activities may be a measured forward-planning approach that proceeds step-by-step. China… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 11 August

TESS NEWTON CAIN | Pacific Islands Forum leaders meet online The leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) met online at the end of… Read More

Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision for a just and equitable post-colonial world, with India leading the way

IAN HALL | Jawaharlal Nehru was not just the architect of modern India and the country’s first prime minister. He also played a central role… Read More

It’s gold, gold, gold for Japan and its uplifting Games

ROWAN CALLICK | Two months ago The Economist castigated Japan for its obduracy—one dictionary definition, “stubborn persistence in wrongdoing”—for deciding to press ahead with… Read More

Preparing Australia to respond to disasters—at home and abroad

PETER LAYTON | The COVID pandemic relentlessly rolls on but prescribed burns have now also begun across Australia as the next bushfire… Read More

Road to COP26: Timeline of Pacific diplomacy

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    ‘Climate diplomacy’ encompasses the interactions, practices and protocols through which state and non-state actors advance and negotiate their… Read More


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