Commentary

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 28 July

TESS NEWTON CAIN | Court of Appeal decision is a reset for Samoa In Samoa, a prolonged political deadlock now appears to be… Read More

ASEAN’s conception of regional citizenship

CAITLIN BYRNE | ASEAN has for some time been explicit that the development of a common regional identity among citizens of its 10 member… Read More

Learning in the grey zone: how democracies can meet the authoritarian challenge

MATTHEW SUSSEX | Innovation by authoritarian nations in the ‘grey zone’ is becoming one of the most serious challenges facing contemporary democracies. It has… Read More

Bringing the grey zone into focus

PETER LAYTON | Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update was, by the standards of such publications, a hard-hitting document. It had a particularly… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 21 July

TESS NEWTON CAIN | Regional trade and economic meetings The trade and economic officials and ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) members… Read More

Morrison left out on Pacific rim over climate diplomacy

WESLEY MORGAN | The first national leader to congratulate Joe Biden on his election as US President was Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama. There… Read More

Indonesia records its highest increase in COVID cases – and numbers are likely to rise again before they fall

DICKY BUDIMAN | Indonesia is currently experiencing a massive spike in COVID-19 infection and deaths, as experts (including myself) have unfortunately been predicting. The… Read More

Myanmar: No light on the horizon

ANDREW SELTH | Predicting Myanmar’s future has always been a risky business. It opened up to academics, journalists and others after the abortive 1988… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 14 July

TESS NEWTON CAIN | Fiji COVID-19 crisis The COVID-19 crisis in Fiji continues to dominate the news in that country. The outbreak… Read More

Precarious moment: Vanuatu court to rule on prime minister’s fate

Vanuatu’s court of appeal will sit today to decide the political fate of the prime minister, Bob Loughman, and 18 other MPs. The supreme court… Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok: A showcase of Russia’s pivot to Asia?
Uptight and uncomfortable
COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines

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