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Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Autonomous Government of Bougainville proposes constitutional amendments The Autonomous Government of Bougainville has proposed making changes to the Constitution… Read More

Indonesia’s “Pacific elevation”: Elevating what and who?

In July 2019, at the inaugural Indonesian Exposition held in Auckland, New Zealand, Indonesia launched its ‘Pacific Elevation’, laying claim to a Pacific islands identity… Read More

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

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


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