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

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 11 October

TESS NEWTON CAIN | A fortnighly summary of recent developments and news in the Pacific region. It covers various topics including the upcoming BRI Forum, Compact negotiations, Vanuatu's new Prime Minister, Pacific tourists caught in Israel violence, Forum Trade Ministers meeting in Fiji, and Tuvalu's new Constitution. 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

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 27 September

Tess Newton Cain provides her regular review of what you need to know from the Pacific - leaders meet with US President Joe Biden, more turmoil in Vanuatu politics and other news from the region. Read More

Regional Outlook | I Nogat Inap Polis Man na Meri: A police shortage in Papua New Guinea

SEAN JACOBS  | 30-MINUTE READ | Contents Download PDF Introduction Crime and the constabulary The problems of a… 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

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 13 September

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Catch up on what's been happening in the Pacific with Tess Newton Cain including a new government in Vanuatu, rugby related angst in Fiji, and much more. 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

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 30 August

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Vanuatu political impasse continues The Opposition has won its case in the Supreme Court which found that a recent motion… 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

Labour mobility impacts on Vanuatu’s tourism industry: Understanding employer perspectives

LEWIS ROTHWELL | This blog post is the first output of a project led by Dr Kirstie Petrou and Dr Tess… Read More

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Our research focuses on the trade and business, politics, governance, security, economies and development of the Asia Pacific and their significance for Australia. Griffith University is committed to advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the region.