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Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 1 February

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Kiribati to return to the Pacific Islands Forum Prime Minister Rabuka’s recent visit to Kiribati looks to have… Read More

Uplifting women in the kava industry not a break in Pacific tradition

NIKKI RICHARDSON | In some parts of Vanuatu, women are still forbidden from entering a nakamal, or ‘kava bar’, as it is traditionally… Read More

Discussions about Pacific aid need to go beyond the instrumental and local voices must be heard

HANNAH MCNICOL | After signing a security deal with China in April and a $100 million deal with Chinese telecommunications giant… Read More

Fiji’s government may have changed, but the military is making it clear it will not go quietly

JON FRAENKEL | We are starting to see what Fiji politics is likely to look like under the new government elected in December… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 18 January

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Welcome to the Pacific Outlook Bulletin. For 2023, we have a fresh look and a new publishing schedule – the Bulletin… Read More

Disaster-resilient infrastructure top priority in the Pacific

JACK WHELAN | As floods wreaked havoc across vast areas of eastern Australia, 2022 was described as ‘The Great Deluge’, with record-breaking rainfall… Read More

Six reasons 2023 could be a very good year for climate action

WESLEY MORGAN |   Many people think of the annual UN climate talks as talkfests which achieve only incremental change, at best. Activist Greta… Read More

Deep sea mining—can it sink the visions in Pacific regionalism?

PATRICK KAIKU | Pacific island states have combined custodianship over some of the richest and most extensive Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) in the… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 14 December

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Fiji elections this week The much-anticipated general elections will take place in Fiji on 14th December. At the time… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 7 December

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Arrests and complaints ahead of Fiji elections Tensions are high in Fiji ahead of the elections to be held… Read More


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