COVID-19

Australia’s constructive diplomacy in an era of contest

The 2017 Australian Foreign Policy White Paper defined Australia as a “regional power with global interests.” Ambitious in nature, this white paper reflected the… Read More

Indonesia records its highest increase in COVID cases – and numbers are likely to rise again before they fall

Indonesia is currently experiencing a massive spike in COVID-19 infection and deaths, as experts (including myself) have unfortunately been predicting. The country recorded its largest… Read More

The urgency of action: Lessons for COP26 from the COVID-19 pandemic for the Pacific

The upcoming Glasgow COP26 is pivotal. Countries are expected to significantly enhance their commitments on reducing greenhouse emissions—“ratcheting up ambition”, in COP parlance—in order to… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 30 June

Political impasse in Samoa gets closer to resolution It looks like the long and drawn-out political impasse in Samoa is nearing a resolution. On Monday… Read More

Australia’s closed border is costing the economy $36.5 million a day

Australia doesn’t expect to reopen its international borders until well into 2022. The border has been closed since March 2020. That decision has been instrumental… Read More

Unprecedented is not a reason to be unprepared

With the Oceania region ranked as the greatest disaster risk area worldwide, Peter Layton says countries need to improve their responses to crises and disasters as unprecedented times may call for unprecedented solutions. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 5 May

Violence in Papua New Guinea Authorities and community leaders are working to contain outbreaks of serious violence in PNG. In Alotau, in Milne… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 21 April

Official results released in Samoa The official results of the general elections in Samoa have now been released. They confirm that the HRPP and FAST… Read More

It is time for gender-responsive climate action

The global theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) in 2021 was “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” A key part of… Read More

Coping with COVID-19: The perilous case of vaccine inequality

The Lancet Commission has urged the global community that rapid vaccination on a global scale is essential in tempering and, finally, prevailing over COVID-19. This in… Read More

Road to COP26: Timeline of Pacific diplomacy
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 4 August
Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Pacific climate diplomacy – strength in solidarity

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