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From the Forum Foreign Ministers…

Last week, the Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum met as one of the standing committees of the inter-governmental organisation. Dr Tess Newton Cain shares her insights. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 21 October

New security centre to be located in Vanuatu The government of Australia has announced that its Fusion Centre will be homed in Vanuatu. The Centre… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 14 October

Solomon Islands reports COVID-19 cases Authorities in Solomon Islands have confirmed that their country is no longer free from cases of COVID-19. There have… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 7 October

New Caledonia referendum on independence The people of New Caledonia have voted in a referendum on whether they should become independent from France. It was… Read More

New Caledonians will vote again on independence. Will the answer this time be ‘Oui’?

On October 4, New Caledonians will go to the polls. For the second time in the past two years, they will be asked if they wish to remain a part of France or become an independent country. Read More

Geostrategic competition is intensifying in the Pacific

A more powerful China is relentlessly contesting the maritime security order in the Pacific. Dr Wesley Morgan shares his insights. Read More

Battling COVID-19 amid dwindling government finances: An update from the Solomon Islands

JACK BOE | In April this year, scores of public servants, those considered nonessential, were briefly put out of work. Although they have… Read More

New Caledonia – towards a new Pacific nation?

On 4 October, the Pacific Nation of New Caledonia will take part in, a referendum to determine their political future. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 30 September

Bougainville president-elect receives congratulations Having been confirmed as President-elect in Bougainville, Ishmael Toarama has received congratulations on his electoral victory. The Prime Minister of Papua… Read More

Good neighbours? Supporting countries of the Pacific in meeting COVID-19 challenges

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |   COVID-19 and its attendant health and economic impacts have left no part of the world untouched. As the year has progressed, bilateral and multilateral relationships, especially with Australia, have played a very significant part in how Pacific island countries have prepared for and responded to the crisis. Read More


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