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Griffith University is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to tackling global challenges around partnerships for the goals.

Our Pacific Outlook blog features expert commentary and informed analysis on the latest Pacific news and affairs.

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 25 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  ‘Out of season’ cyclone drenches Vanuatu Cyclone season officially ended on April 30th. However, that did not stop Tropical Cyclone Gina… Read More

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

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

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

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 4 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  PNG and Fiji elections update In Papua New Guinea, the dates of this year’s elections have been set. The start of… Read More

Fixing Australia’s failing Pacific Step-up strategy

PETER LAYTON | Publicly, Australia’s Pacific Step-up aims to win friends and influence people. Behind this facade however, a core purpose is… Read More

This is where we live: Has Australia been a good neighbour in the Pacific?

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    I was once asked “why should Australians care about what happens in the Pacific? and my response was (or… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 27 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Labor makes Pacific announcements during the elections campaign In something of a departure for Australian elections, the campaign has taken a… Read More


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