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

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Barrick fallout continues In Papua New Guinea, the fallout from the government’s decision not to renew the mining license… Read More

Covid-19, Governance and the Role of the Opposition

The uncertainty about COVID-19 and its impact on our economies makes it even more important that governments do the right thing in terms of their policies. This crisis has already been a turning point for many countries. It has imposed new imperatives for policies, governance and accountability to ensure that scarce resources are utilised in a transparent and efficient manner so that the adverse impact on the quality of lives of our people can be cushioned. If we make mistakes in our response, in our preparedness for the post covid-19 scenario, then those mistakes would not be ones which can be corrected easily. They would be serious mistakes with potentially irreversible consequences. Read More

Can technology help Australians ‘get back to normal’ while maintaining social distancing?

After the covidsafe app was released yesterday, more than a million Australians downloaded the app. Can technology help Australians ‘get back to normal’ while maintaining social distancing? Read More


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