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All Pacific Publications

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • FEATURE: The Illegal Pacific, Part 1: Organised Crime

    Susan Windybank | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Until the islands establish the rule of law, they will continue to suffer from the 'dark side' of globalisation.

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

    Gaurav Sodhi | 31 Jan 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The Solomon Islands is stagnating despite 30 years of aid flows of hundreds of millions of dollars, innumerable consultants’...

  • FEATURE: What Creates Comparative Advantage for Drug Production? Lessons from Columbia

    Susan Windybank | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Political and social problems in Columbia created opportunities for illegal drug production, explains similar Francisco E...

  • The HIV/AIDS Crisis in Papua New Guinea

    Miranda Darling Tobias | 08 Feb 2007 | Issue Analysis

    The rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea has created a health emergency, with at least 120,000 Papua New Guineans...

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

    Gaurav Sodhi | 07 Nov 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Despite years of generous aid and high education and health expenditure, Tonga has failed to grow substantially in the last...

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

    Stephan Freitag | 25 Oct 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Stephan Freitag discusses approaches to economic integration against the reality in trade and presents examples of sectoral...

  • Should Australia and New Zealand Open Their Doors to Guest Workers From the Pacific? Costs and Benefits

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 04 Sep 2006 | Policy Monographs

    Should Australia and New Zealand depart from their long term immigration policies to provide work places for short term seasonal...

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

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 05 Apr 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Without fundamental reforms in land tenure, Vanuatu cannot increase its output and productivity. Without a thoroughgoing...

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

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 May 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The recent withdrawal of the Australian police is disastrous for the people of Papua New Guinea. The police deployed under...

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

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 18 Aug 2004 | Issue Analysis

    Thirty years after enjoying the world’s second highest per capita GDP after Saudi Arabia, Nauru is on the verge of insolvency,...

  • Can Papua New Guinea Come Back From the Brink?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 14 Jul 2004 | Issue Analysis

    After seven months of wrangling, arrangements to deploy more than 260 Australian police and other officials to Papua New...

  • FEAUTURE: Does Size Matter? Tuvalu and Nauru Compared

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Steven Gosarevski | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Tuvalu and Nauru are both small Pacific states, but Nauru has been badly governed.

  • Aid Has Failed the Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 May 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The Pacific islands are an arc of instability threatening Australia’s security. While current problems are of considerable...

  • Towards Racial Harmony: A New Constitution for Fiji

    Wolfgang Kasper | 05 Mar 2001 | Issue Analysis

    A new constitution that decentralises collective political power is the best way to achieve stability in Fiji by empowering Fijians...

  • FEATURE: Trouble in 'Paradise': The Africanisation of the South Pacific

    Ben Reilly | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Some of the problems that have plagued states in sub-saharan Africa may well be emerging in the South Pacific as well.

  • FEATURE: Learning Racial Harmony: Fiji Needs New Constitutional Rules

    Wolfgang Kasper | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The situation in Fiji has deteriorated to the point where new constitutional ground rules seem the only way to overcome irreconcilable...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Tigers: Leaders of the New Asia-Pacific

    Andre Stein | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Tigers: Leaders of the New Asia Pacific by Greg Sheridan (Allen & Unwin, 1997.)

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: The Volunteers' Movement

    Christina Gretton | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    There are more than 100,000 not-for-profits organisations set up to help others or their own members, dealing with health...

  • FEATURE: East Asian Dynamism and Pacific Cooperation

    Ippei Yamazawa | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Fading prospects for a successful conclusion to the GATT Uruguay Round are directing attention to regional trading arrangements....

  • BOOK REVIEW: Military Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region

    Henry Albinski | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Military, the State and Development in Asia and the Pacific edited by Viberto Selochan (Westview, Boulder, San Francisco...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Surveying the South Pacific

    Alan Burnett | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The South Pacific: Problems, Issues and Prospects edited by Ramesh Thakur (Macmillan, London in association with the University...

  • FEATURE: Government in the Classroom: The World Environment Day Kit

    Geoff Edwards, Nick Uren | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    An environmental-education kit issued in mid-1992 by the Commonwealth government to thousands of schools throughout Australia...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Community or Area?

    Alan Burnett | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Rethinking the Pacific by Gerald Segal (Oxford University Press, 1990.)

  • REVIEW: Causes of Fiji's Peace

    Jeff Bennett | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Race and Politics in Fiji by Robert Norton (University of Queensland Press, 1990.)

  • Bougainville: The Mine and the People

    Paul Quodling | 04 Oct 1991 | Special Publications

    In Paul Quodling's judgement, the two issues of the political conflict on Bougainville and the future of the Panguna mine...

  • Aid and Development in the South Pacific

    Peter T. Bauer | 05 Feb 1991 | Special Publications

    The political economy of the South Pacific is dominated by foreign aid.  This promotes domestic statism, which in turn retards...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Keeping The Pacific Peaceful

    Peter Jennings | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Strategy and the South-West Pacific: An Australian Perspective by Owen Harries (Pacific Security Research Institute, 1989.)

  • Fiji: Opportunity from Adversity?

    Wolfgang Kasper | 04 Feb 1988 | Special Publications

    The situation in Fiji has deteriorated to the point where new constitutional ground rules seem the only way to overcome irreconcilable...