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Weekly Pacific Bulletin

PNG budget handed down The budget for 2020 (the Marape government’s first) has been handed down in Papua New Guinea. The budget reveals more… Read More

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them

Almost 200 world leaders gather in Madrid this week for climate talks which will largely determine the success of the Paris agreement, and by extension,… Read More

The state of the step-up: Australia’s engagement with the Pacific

Since winning the election in May 2019, Scott Morrison has maintained his categorical statement that the Pacific islands region is ‘front and centre of Australia’s… Read More

The power of the ballot box

The remarkable people of Hong Kong — long written off by outsiders as conformists focused on turning a buck — keep confounding the stereotypes. With… Read More

Nepal’s border pains: burning effigies of Modi and Xi

Earlier this week, some agitated Nepalese youths poured onto streeets and burnt effigies of Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping – executive heads of two neighboring… Read More

Nuclear deterrence and the US–Australia alliance

Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington two weeks ago, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds affirmed Australia’s readiness to play a more active role… Read More

Return of the Rajapaksas: Sri Lanka elects Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its next President

On 17 November 2019, former Defence Chief and brother of the former two-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the Sri Lankan presidential election… Read More

Asia Pacific 2020 economic outlook

Australia’s Asia-Pacific neighbourhood has remained the main growth engine of the world economy this year, which also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of… Read More

Developing lifelong friendship and connections: 2019 Asia Future Fellows program

The Asia Future Fellows program is a unique and invaluable experience that brings together students from both Griffith University and Peking University to… Read More

Chile will not host APEC and COP-25 amidst social uprising

Chile’s refusal to host the APEC and COP-25 summits is indicative of wider systemic issues plaguing the Latin American country. On 30 October 2019, Chilean… Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
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