Region-PNG and the Pacific

The significance of Biden’s (almost) Papua New Guinea visit

SEAN JACOBS The late US Secretary of State George Shultz noted that “diplomatic visits are an important expression of presidential priorities.” Despite President Biden’s last-minute… Read More

The Pacific scorecard: How has Penny Wong fared in her first year as Foreign Minister?

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  With Foreign Minister Penny Wong at the helm of foreign policy, the Albanese government has set a strong standard for rebuilding… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 24 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Modi in PNG to co-host FIPIC III Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Papua New Guinea to co-host the third meeting… Read More

Reeling in illegal fishing is crucial to Australia’s maritime security

MELISSA CONLEY TYLER, MICHAEL HEAZLE, JADE LINDLEY AND SHARON COWDEN | Combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) is key to the integrity… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 10 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  US steps up Pacific engagement The USA continues to step up its Pacific engagement in its attempt to counter China’s influence… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 26 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  UK Foreign Minister visits Pacific The UK Foreign Secretary, Hon James Cleverly, visited the Pacific islands region recently. He met with… Read More

Not the Indo-Pacific: A Melanesian view on strategic competition

PATRICK KAIKU  |  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare recently affirmed his country’s adherence to the “friend to all, enemy to none” foreign policy ideal. He,… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 12 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Vanuatu secures a huge win at the United Nations In Port Vila, a parade through the town centre marked the celebrations… Read More

Fiji is trying to move beyond ‘coup culture’

TESS NEWTON CAIN | Until a few months ago, Josiah Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama was the only national leader many young Fijians had ever known. Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 29 March

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Pacific responses to AUKUS announcement The recent AUKUS announcement regarding the pathway to nuclear-powered submarines for Australia prompted a range… Read More


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