The Pacific Step-up: Drowning not waving

PAUL SLATER | In 1999, tensions between ethnic groups in Solomon Islands were rising. For anyone who cared to notice, there was even a… Read More

Antarctica adrift: Australia’s southern blind spot

ELIZABETH BUCHANAN | When it comes to Antarctica there are four key problems Canberra faces. First, Australia overlooks its southern flank in somewhat of… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 18 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  PNG rocked by sudden death of Deputy Prime Minister Just as Papua New Guinea heads into an election campaign, the country… Read More

Looking north: Australia’s engagement with the “Compact States”

ISABELLA BROWN AND TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  The “Compact States” are those countries that are in free association with the United States of America: Republic… Read More

What a Marcos Jr presidency in the Philippines means for geopolitics

ADELE WEBB | The offspring of strongmen were the clear winners in last Monday’s Philippine national election. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is set… Read More

Southeast Asia Snapshot #26

SOVINDA PO | Indonesia widens its edible oil export ban As the world’s largest edible oil exporter, Indonesia announced that from  28 April… Read More

Economic consequences of the Russia-Ukraine war: A grim outlook

YAN ISLAM | The latest evaluations by IMF, World Bank and UN agencies reveal that the war in Ukraine that commenced with Russia’s… Read More

Japan and the Pacific—introducing PALM

ISABELLA BROWN AND TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    The Pacific Leaders Meeting (PALM) is a summit-level meeting that began in 1997 and has… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 11 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Japanese Foreign Minister visits the region The stream of high-level visitors to the Pacific shows no sign of letting up. Most… Read More

The world doesn’t care about swings in marginal seats. Climate action must spearhead a new Australian foreign policy

WESLEY MORGAN | Late last year, more than 100 former diplomats and officials called for a new Australian foreign policy—with climate action at the… Read More


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