When European explorers came to the south Pacific in the sixteenth century, most islanders enjoyed the lifestyles of the richest lords in their home countries. Relative living standards for the majority of islanders in the 14 independent Pacific island states have now deteriorated to being among the lowest in the world, while small elites absorb great wealth. Crime, corruption and political unrest are the inevitable result. The research program analyses the causes of economic failure and suggests policies that would lead to modern living standards.
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...
04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine|
Until the islands establish the rule of law, they will continue to suffer from the 'dark side' of globalisation.
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