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Pacific elites have appropriated the bulk of aid, mineral, forestry and other incomes to become immensely wealthy at the cost of villagers. Read More
AT the Shangri-La Dialogue meeting of defence ministers in Singapore last month, Indian Defence Minister Pallam Raju was asked whether India could exercise similar self-restraint should another terrorist... Read More
‘Melanesia’ is an anthropologists’ construct that has no economic and little other sense. It the arcane world of United Nations politics it was promoted as a ‘region’ to create jobs for bureaucrats,... Read More
Ten years after the UN pledged to address poverty and poor health and education levels in the Pacific region, the shameful results mock the aid industry, says Helen Hughes in The Weekend Australian, 12... Read More
Poorly targeted aid to the Pacific hinders rather than helps the region. Read More
The very fact that America needs to negotiate with its Asian allies and partners – and sometimes even compromise – means that Washington will adapt in ways that allow it to remain the preferred security... Read More
The announcement that Australia is inaugurating a ‘guest worker’ scheme for Pacific islanders to pick fruit in Australia will earn Prime Minister Rudd a warm welcome at the Pacific Island Forum meeting... Read More
Now into its fifth year and with no exit strategy in sight, questions are beginning to be asked about the future of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Should... Read More
The Howard Government's decision to help the Solomons by restoring civil order to the South Pacific islands is welcome. Read More
Papua New Guinea is rich in natural resources. Yet it is facing a very difficult future. The economy has stagnated and the outlook for growth is bleak. Corruption is rife. Law and order have broken down,... Read More
Nauru - an island of 22sq km, lying near the Equator, thousands of kilometres from the nearest large Pacific island group - was named the Happy Isle by early European explorers for its mix of Micronesian,... Read More
Fiji has scored rather poorly since independence on economic growth, security and social harmony. The country has suffered from backsliding, racial distrust, fear and pessimism. Last Thursday’s Court... Read More
Per capita income has grown at less than 1% a year in the Pacific during the past 30 years. In some islands it has declined. Population has grown at more than 3% a year. The discrepancy between population... Read More
01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis|
With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...
13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis|
Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...
24 Oct 2012 | Policy Monographs|
Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as... Read More...
29 Mar 2012 | Foreign Policy Analysis|
All Southeast Asian states want to take advantage of the benefits of a rising China, yet none wants it to be in a position... Read More...
21 Aug 2008 | Issue Analysis|
Guest-worker schemes, which have been proposed as a development solution for the Pacific, no doubt benefit the individuals... Read More...
Opinion & Commentary
16 Apr 2012 | The Australian|
Pacific elites have appropriated the bulk of aid, mineral, forestry and other incomes to become immensely wealthy at the ... Read More
19 Jul 2011 | The Australian|
AT the Shangri-La Dialogue meeting of defence ministers in Singapore last month, Indian Defence Minister Pallam Raju was ... Read More
30 Mar 2011 | The Canberra Times|
‘Melanesia’ is an anthropologists’ construct that has no economic and little other sense. It the arcane world of United ... Read More
12 Jun 2010 | The Australian|
Ten years after the UN pledged to address poverty and poor health and education levels in the Pacific region, the shameful ... Read More
22 Feb 2010 | The Australian|
Poorly targeted aid to the Pacific hinders rather than helps the region.... Read More