To bubble or not to bubble – there are Pacific questions

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  It should not come as a surprise to learn that there have been mixed responses from Pacific leaders… Read More

Pyongyang might be ready for a helping hand from Seoul

Pride may get in the way, but mutual success against the coronavirus offers a strong foundation for cooperation. Read More

In the age of the COVID-19 crisis, have journalists become the new diplomats?

Bradley McConachie describes an expanded role of journalists in the era of COVID-19 and discusses the effects. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Tensions in Port Moresby Tensions in Port Moresby rose after a senior police officer was killed by off… Read More

Cold War nuclear-powered hypersonic missiles: A successful failed innovation

Russia’s testing of an SSC-X-9 Skyfall hypersonic weapon has rekindled interest in a largely forgotten Cold War technology: nuclear-powered air power. In this article, Peter Layton looks at the history of US development of nuclear-powered weapons in the 1950s and 1960s. In doing so, he highlights that successful innovation does not necessarily require a system to be operationally fielded. Read More

International anarchy and failure to cope with COVID-19

The perils of anarchy, the failure of global governance and the tragedy of great power rivalries explain why the world is feckless in coping with the pandemic says Griffith Asia Researcher, Kai He Read More

Autocrats are finding democratic facades hard to keep up

Covid19 is making dictatorship clearer as faking credible elections gets harder. Lee Morgenbesser from Griffith University shares his insights Read More

Governments, not pandemics, stop access to reproductive health

In response to the current pandemic, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recommended that states adopt three strategic priorities: provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to sexual and reproductive health care workers so clinics can remain open; continuation of services for gender-based violence as a first response health measure (to supply morning-after pills and treatment of STDs); and prioritising of contraceptive and reproductive health supplies. In short, the UNFPA is asking states to help sexual and reproductive clinics remain open and ensure that they are safe, legal spaces for women to access. Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Tess Newton Cain (Griffith Asia Institute) and Dan McGarry share this weeks update of covid19 in the Pacific. Read More

The quality of authoritarian rule in South East Asia

In his new book, 'The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia", Dr Lee Morgenbesser shares his new theory and utilises a new dataset to describe how authoritarian rule in the region has evolved. Read More


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