Pillar 3: Geopolitics and diplomacy

Reserve Bank of Australia review: Corporate governance lessons for the Pacific 

MARK OFOI  |    Reviews on state institutions are conducted, among others, to enhance systems of good governance with the intent to augment outcomes, installing… Read More

Pacific Islands Forum 2023: Navigating challenges and priorities in the region

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Leaders of Pacific nations convened in Cook Islands from 6-10 November for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), a crucial… Read More

Cooperation and capabilities: Pacific-led regionalism in the age of great power competition | Part 2

SEAN JACOBS  |  While Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and Western nations rely on shared values as a basis for a strong relationship, Beijing relies… Read More

Shared values: Pacific-led regionalism in the age of great power competition | Part 1

SEAN JACOBS  |  Dame Meg Taylor has written a recent thoughtful analysis on threats to Pacific-led regionalism from Beijing and Washington DC’s renewed… Read More

Bigger moves, bigger expectations: Biden’s US-Pacific Island Forum Summit

SEAN JACOBS  |  An insightful analysis of the recent US-Pacific Island Forum Summit and highlights two important observations. The author effectively discusses the notable absence of the Solomon Islands Prime Minister due to his ties with Beijing and emphasises the need to balance Washington's security concerns with the development priorities of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Read More

Why did Papua New Guinea move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem—from economics to faith

SEAN JACOBS  |  Papua New Guinea (PNG) has “aroused the ire”—in the words of its Opposition Leader—of both Hamas and the Palestinian… Read More

Australia’s Pacific mindset: From Federation to today

IAN KEMISH AM | In the final instalment of this three-part series, Ian Kemish outlines how a concern to manage international security threats was firmly embedded in Australian national thinking in the early post-federation years, how events since then have served to entrench this view, and why it is important that we change.  Read More

Australia’s Pacific mindset: Isolation and multiple threats

IAN KEMISH AM | In this second instalment of a three-post series, Ian Kemish outlines how a public mindset overwhelmingly focused on ‘strategic denial’ developed in Australia through the 19th century. Read More

Strategic denial and Australia’s Pacific mindset

This is the first in a three-part series in which GAI Industry fellow Ian Kemish AM explores the history of Australia’s public mindset towards the Pacific. Read More

Chinese policing deals in the Solomon Islands

JON FRAENKEL | Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has used Chinese money to shore up his government. Whether alignment with Chinese interests… Read More

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