Topic-Public Diplomacy

Ad hoc arrangements or multiplying multilaterals?

The Macquarie Dictionary recently released its word(s) of the year for 2020: doomscrolling and rona. When it comes to international relations, however, the winning… Read More

Cultural Etiquette in the Pacific

The recent launch of the second edition of Cultural Etiquette in the Pacific by the Pacific Community (SPC) has sparked a renewed interest in… Read More

Bad relations with China are not in Australia’s interests

COLIN MACKERRAS | Our leaders tell us continually that they will stand up to China on behalf of Australia’s interests. But I cannot… Read More

Regional wrap | 63

The past fortnight witnessed further worsening of Sino-Australian relations and more evidence of how China intends to punish Australia to set an example for other… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 25 November

Budget passed in Papua New Guinea In a further twist to the political drama playing out in PNG, the Marape government was back in Parliament… Read More

China still in the mood to pull Australia their way

Even as the world has been transfixed by the vulnerabilities and the excitements of democracy in America, Beijing has underlined its own hugely contrasting pathway… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 11 November

New President in Palau Palau has a new leader. The new President is Surangel Whipps. His opponent in the run-off, Ray Oilouch conceded late… Read More

Understanding Australia-Indonesia relations in the post-authoritarian era

RETA NABBS-KELLER | Little analytical heed has been paid to the particular effects of Indonesia’s democratic transition on its relations with Australia. Indonesia’s democratisation experience… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 4 November

Controversial funding of biomedical start-up in Papua New Guinea Government funding of a biomedical start-up in PNG has caused controversy. Niugini Biomed was established as… Read More

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


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