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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.

A look back at 2019 in the Pacific

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Before we get too much further into 2020, here is a look back at six of the stories that… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Pacific nations offer support to Australia Pacific island countries and their peoples have offered support to Australia. As… Read More

Determinants of private sector credit in Papua New Guinea

It is widely accepted that finance is sine qua non for start-up, establishment and expansion of a private sector enterprise; capital is indeed critical for… Read More

From Brisbane to Bougainville: A personal reflection on the referendum

Hope comes from within every one of us and it is the greatest motivation one could ever find. The role hope played in the referendum… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Bougainville votes for independence The results of the Bougainville referendum were announced last week. After two weeks of… Read More

Who is driving the Pacific agenda?

Background The Pacific region is currently the focus of attention by Pacific rim powers mainly concerned about their own security and economic prospects.  The geopolitical… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Vanuatu Parliament sits for the last time before elections The Vanuatu Parliament is sitting in Ordinary Session. It is… Read More

The state in the neighbourhood: A snapshot of Queensland’s engagement in the Asia Pacific

CAITLIN BYRNE  |  Significant transformation in Australia’s neighbourhood—the rise of Asian economies, cities and middle classes, unprecedented digital disruption, and near insatiable demands for… Read More

More questions after the Pacific Q&A

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Perhaps the most telling exchange on this week’s Q&A broadcast from Suva came right at the end. Alex… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    PNG budget handed down The budget for 2020 (the Marape government’s first) has been handed down in Papua… 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.