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Issue Analysis


Issue Analysis (IA) are shorter publications that deal with controversial and current issues.

  • The Bipolar Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 21 Aug 2008 | IA98

    Guest-worker schemes, which have been proposed as a development solution for the Pacific, no doubt benefit the individuals lucky enough to be selected to participate. But even high guest-worker numbers,... Read More

  • Five Out of Ten: A Performance Report on the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

    Gaurav Sodhi | 31 Jan 2008 | IA92

    The Solomon Islands is stagnating despite 30 years of aid flows of hundreds of millions of dollars, innumerable consultants’ reports and development pledges. This year will mark the fifth anniversary... Read More

  • The HIV/AIDS Crisis in Papua New Guinea

    Miranda Darling Tobias | 08 Feb 2007 | IA81

    The rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea has created a health emergency, with at least 120,000 Papua New Guineans likely to have HIV/AIDS. If present rising infection trends persist, 18% of the... Read More

  • Time for a Change in Tonga: From Monarchy to Modernity

    Gaurav Sodhi | 07 Nov 2006 | IA77

    Despite years of generous aid and high education and health expenditure, Tonga has failed to grow substantially in the last 30 years. The royal family and the ‘nobility’ must accept responsibility... Read More

  • Vision or Fiction? Prospects of Regional Integration in the South Pacific

    Stephan Freitag | 25 Oct 2006 | IA76

    Stephan Freitag discusses approaches to economic integration against the reality in trade and presents examples of sectoral integration and regional organisation to evaluate proposals for economic integration... Read More

  • Annals of Aid: Vanuatu and The United States Millenium Challenge Corporation

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 05 Apr 2006 | IA69

    Without fundamental reforms in land tenure, Vanuatu cannot increase its output and productivity. Without a thoroughgoing reform of the way that bureaucrats deal with the private sector, there can be no... Read More

  • Papua New Guinea’s Choice: A Tale of Two Nations

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 May 2005 | IA58

    The recent withdrawal of the Australian police is disastrous for the people of Papua New Guinea. The police deployed under the Enhanced Cooperation Programme had only been in place for six months, but... Read More

  • From Riches to Rags What Are Nauru’s Options and How Can Australia Help?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 18 Aug 2004 | IA50

    Thirty years after enjoying the world’s second highest per capita GDP after Saudi Arabia, Nauru is on the verge of insolvency, has appalling health problems and was declared one of the first ‘rogue’... Read More

  • Can Papua New Guinea Come Back From the Brink?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 14 Jul 2004 | IA49

    After seven months of wrangling, arrangements to deploy more than 260 Australian police and other officials to Papua New Guinea have finally been made. PNG, in addition to restoring law and order, needs... Read More

  • Aid Has Failed the Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 May 2003 | IA33

    The Pacific islands are an arc of instability threatening Australia’s security. While current problems are of considerable strategic concern to Australia, the principal victims are the people of the... Read More

  • Towards Racial Harmony: A New Constitution for Fiji

    Wolfgang Kasper | 05 Mar 2001 | IA19

    A new constitution that decentralises collective political power is the best way to achieve stability in Fiji by empowering Fijians to devise solutions for the variety of complex problems they now face.   Read More