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Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 22 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN | Pacific reactions to AUKUS announcement Further to last week’s announcement of a new security relationship between Australia, the USA, and the… Read More

China’s ‘surveillance creep’: how big data COVID monitoring could be used to control people post-pandemic

AUSMA BERNOT, ALEXANDER TRAUTH-GOIK AND SUE TREVASKES | China has used big data to trace and control the outbreak of COVID-19. This has involved a… 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

Australia’s constructive diplomacy in an era of contest

CAITLIN BYRNE | The 2017 Australian Foreign Policy White Paper defined Australia as a “regional power with global interests.” Ambitious in nature, this… Read More

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

DICKY BUDIMAN | Indonesia is currently experiencing a massive spike in COVID-19 infection and deaths, as experts (including myself) have unfortunately been predicting. The… 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

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
COVID-19 and a twin deficit: Early lessons from the Solomon Islands
One region, one family, one report: Activating trade and investment between Australia and the Pacific islands region
Myanmar's military mindset

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