Region-PNG and the Pacific

Smiles in Suva: The 51st Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting

TESS NEWTON CAIN AND STEFAN ARMBRUSTER | Last week’s meeting of the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) was keenly anticipated and came… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 13 July

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Kiribati breaks away from Forum Just as the 51st meeting of Pacific Islands Forum leaders was about to get underway Kiribati… Read More

Keeping everyone in the tent: The Pacific Islands Forum remains whole

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    A last-minute agreement has avoided rupture in the Pacific Islands Forum. As the agreement was negotiated, regional strengths… Read More

Will Australia’s new climate policy be enough to reset relations with Pacific nations?

WESLEY MORGAN | Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is hoping his government’s more ambitious climate policy will help reset Pacific relations when he meets… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 6 July

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Foreign Ministers to meet ahead of PIF This week sees a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum’s Foreign Ministers. This comes… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 29 June

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Pacific voices feature at UN Oceans Conference The UN Oceans Conference is underway in Lisbon, Portugal. As travel restrictions ease, Pacific… Read More

A pre-polling snapshot of Papua New Guinea’s national election: An observer’s insights

TEDDY WINN | Papua New Guineans will go to the polls on 2 July 2022. This will be the tenth time citizens will… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 22 June

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Compact talks restart in Marshall Islands After a prolonged hiatus, negotiations between the United States and Marshall Islands on the future… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 15 June

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Pacific focus at Shangri-La Dialogue A plethora of defence and security folks congregated in Singapore for the first Shangri-La Dialogue since… Read More

Cold war in paradise―Labor’s new diplomacy in the Pacific

TIM HARCOURT  |  Did you hear? There’s a cold war in Paradise. China’s geo-strategic thrust into the Pacific caught the Morrison government napping―especially with China’s… Read More


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