Region-PNG and the Pacific

This is where we live: Has Australia been a good neighbour in the Pacific?

TESS NEWTON CAIN | I was once asked “why should Australians care about what happens in the Pacific? and my response was (or started with)… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 27 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Labor makes Pacific announcements during the elections campaign In something of a departure for Australian elections, the campaign has taken a… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 20 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Our Ocean conference concludes in Palau The 7th meeting of the Our Ocean conference was held recently in Palau. Delegates from… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 13 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  US officials to visit Solomon Islands The fallout from the announcement of a security agreement between Solomon Islands and China shows… Read More

A balancing act: Humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and the ADF

PETER LAYTON AND PETER LEAHY | The Australian Defence Force has a long and proud history of delivering Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 30 March

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Solomon Islands and China eye closer security relationships A leaked draft of a framework security agreement is the latest manifestation of… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 23 March

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  MP charged with murder in Papua New Guinea An MP and his associate have been charged with murder in PNG. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 16 March

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  COVID-19 raising serious questions in Vanuatu In Vanuatu, the number of COVID-19 cases is continuing to rise. Health authorities have converted… Read More

Digital futures: Financial inclusion in the Asia Pacific

ERIN WATSON-LYNN AND TENGFEI WANG | The outcomes of harnessing digital technologies for financial inclusion will pay dividends for people at the bottom of… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 9 March

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Vanuatu moves to COVID-19 Level 2 After more than a week of rumour and counter-rumour, the government of Vanuatu confirmed there… Read More


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Our research focuses on the trade and business, politics, governance, security, economies and development of the Asia Pacific and their significance for Australia. Griffith University is committed to advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the region.