Topic-Politics

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 28 October

Candidate registrations conclude in Samoa The period for registration of candidates in Samoa has concluded. This is part of the preparations for the general elections… Read More

From the Forum Foreign Ministers…

Last week, the Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum met as one of the standing committees of the inter-governmental organisation. Dr Tess Newton Cain shares her insights. Read More

South East Asia Snapshot #5

South East Asia Snapshot with Dr Lucy West - Indonesia and Japan to strengthen security ties. Vietnam and Japan confirm defence deal. Thai authorities censor protests. Read More

Trump took a sledgehammer to US-China relations. This won’t be an easy fix, even if Biden wins

Dr Hui Feng, shares his insights on US-China relations and why a new president won't fix the problem. Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines

The digitalisation of almost every aspect of civic life has brought forth a new constitutional moment. The hyper-connectivity of peoples in the digital space has… Read More

China’s image problem is worsening globally. It’s time for Beijing to consider a diplomatic reset

As the increasingly virulent anti-China rhetoric has made clear in recent months, China has not been very popular in countries like the US and Australia… Read More

COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines

COVID-19 cases in Philippines continue to rise daily by the thousands. The continued high number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is a result of internal governance malfunction and leadership failure. Read More

Thought Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis was a pre-election shocker? Wait until he plays the Taiwan card

The world was shocked, if not entirely surprised, by US President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis earlier this month. But there could be more “October surprises”… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 7 October

New Caledonia referendum on independence The people of New Caledonia have voted in a referendum on whether they should become independent from France. It was… Read More

Competence in a crisis: the new marker of soft power in a chaotic world

Aside from its devastating human impact, COVID-19 has revealed deep social, economic and political fault lines in and across the global system. How states and other global actors engage in this system and the extent to which they mine, obscure or seek to bridge emerging fault lines for advantage will reflect on their soft power. Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Common prosperity should be valued in China and not disparaged by critics
COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 15 September

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