Region-PNG and the Pacific

Pacific Perspectives on the World three years on: progress, problems, and gaps

JAMES COX  |  In 2019 I convened a team of local and Australian researchers (led by Griffith’s Tess Newton Cain) who brought together the… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 7 June

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Great Council of Chiefs convenes  In Fiji the Bose Levu Vakaturaga (Great Council of Chiefs) has convened… Read More

Tourism in the Pacific post-COVID-19

YA SHE | In 2022 most Pacific nations reopened their border to tourists. An absence of tourists for two years had caused disruption… Read More

The significance of Biden’s (almost) Papua New Guinea visit

SEAN JACOBS  |  The late US Secretary of State George Shultz noted that “diplomatic visits are an important expression of presidential priorities.” Despite… Read More

The Pacific scorecard: How has Penny Wong fared in her first year as Foreign Minister?

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |   With Foreign Minister Penny Wong at the helm of foreign policy, the Albanese government has set a strong standard for… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 24 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Modi in PNG to co-host FIPIC III Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Papua New Guinea to co-host the… Read More

Reeling in illegal fishing is crucial to Australia’s maritime security

MELISSA CONLEY TYLER, MICHAEL HEAZLE, JADE LINDLEY AND SHARON COWDEN | Combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) is… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 10 May

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  US steps up Pacific engagement The USA continues to step up its Pacific engagement in its attempt to counter China’s influence… Read More

Pacific Outlook Bulletin | 26 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |   UK Foreign Minister visits Pacific The UK Foreign Secretary, Hon James Cleverly, visited the Pacific islands region recently. He met… Read More

Not the Indo-Pacific: A Melanesian view on strategic competition

PATRICK KAIKU  |  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare recently affirmed his country’s adherence to the “friend to all, enemy to none” foreign policy ideal. He,… Read More


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