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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.  Communications Manager: Karla Pincott 0411 759 934

  • End the cargo-cult aid mentality that has ruined our neighbours

    16 Apr 2012 | The Australian

    Pacific elites have appropriated the bulk of aid, mineral, forestry and other incomes to become immensely wealthy at the cost of villagers. Read More

  • Pakistan a Chinese pawn to stall India

    19 Jul 2011 | The Australian

    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

  • The Fiji meeting would be a farce if it were funny

    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 Nations politics it was promoted as a ‘region’ to create jobs for bureaucrats,... Read More

  • What a difference a decade doesn't make to the lives of Pacific Islanders

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 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 results mock the aid industry, says Helen Hughes in The Weekend Australian, 12... Read More

  • Army of well-paid advisers keep Pacific poor

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 Feb 2010 | The Australian

    Poorly targeted aid to the Pacific hinders rather than helps the region. Read More

  • Pacific angst

    John Lee | 11 Nov 2009 | Foreign Policy

    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

  • Good policy better than guest work for neighbours

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 21 Aug 2008 | The Canberra Times

    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

  • Why RAMSI should stay

    Gaurav Sodhi | 20 Apr 2008

    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

  • Game of Pacific cop and dodgers

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 Jul 2003 | The Australian

    The Howard Government's decision to help the Solomons by restoring civil order to the South Pacific islands is welcome. Read More

  • Will Papua New Guinea be a 'failed state'?

    Susan Windybank | 08 Apr 2003 | The International Herald Tribune

    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

  • Way out for poor little rich island

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Apr 2003 | The Australian

    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

  • Smaller government the answer for Fiji

    Wolfgang Kasper | 06 Mar 2001 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    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

  • Aid has failed the Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Nov -0001

    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

  • Publications

    1. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 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...

    2. Preserving Peace as China Rises I

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

      Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...

    3. Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

      Simon Cowan | 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...

    4. Southeast Asia’s American Embrace

      Jessica Brown | 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...

    5. The Bipolar Pacific

      Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 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...

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    1. End the cargo-cult aid mentality that has ruined our neighbours

      Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 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

    2. Pakistan a Chinese pawn to stall India

      John Lee | 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

    3. The Fiji meeting would be a farce if it were funny

      Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 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

    4. What a difference a decade doesn't make to the lives of Pacific Islanders

      Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 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

    5. Army of well-paid advisers keep Pacific poor

      Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 22 Feb 2010 | The Australian

      Poorly targeted aid to the Pacific hinders rather than helps the region.... Read More

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