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A Blue Economy to Advance Timor-Leste’s Independence Aspirations

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By Kanni Wignaraja and Tuya Altangerel Each month Mana Kasian receives a pension of about US$500 from the government of Timor-Leste, along with a...

Real partnership with Solomon Islands must be based on truth

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By Dorothy Wickham; Associate Professor Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, University of Hawaii at Mānoa; Dean Wickham Latrobe University; Hunhak Matt Gale; Dr Debra McDougall, University of...

Australia needs more defence grunt in its Pacific policy

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By Anthony Bergin and Grant Newsham When it comes to Australia’s policy in the Pacific islands, what’s first needed is a changed mindset. We...

As oceans rise, are some nations doomed to vanish?

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If rising seas engulf the Maldives and Tuvalu, will those countries be wiped off the map? And what happens to their citizens? The prospect is...

Fighting off the bulldozers in the sacred kwila forests of Papua New Guinea

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By Jo Chandler In mid-May, a bulldozer began clearing a logging road into an area of largely untouched rainforest near the village of Suburam,...

An Australian-funded safe ferries programme would save lives in the Pacific

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By Anthony Bergin and Neil Baird Marine safety and sea transport are major concerns for the Pacific islands region. The island states have a...

More of the same is not the answer to building influence in the Pacific

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Written by Dame Meg Taylor and Soli Middleby Following almost a decade of geopolitically driven “stepping up”, ‘uplifting’, ‘resetting’, and “stepping up across the board”,...

“See it through my lens”: the optics of fashion diplomacy

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By Kate Clayton Henrietta McNeill Last week, immediately following the conclusion of the U.S-Pacific Summit, Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary General Henry Puna tweeted...

The U.S pivot towards Pacific regionalism

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By Michael Walsh President Joe Biden has released the United States’ Pacific partnership strategy. Although it bears some resemblance to the Pacific engagement strategy that...

Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership

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We—the governments of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands,...

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Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs to meet in May

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One of the Pacific’s oldest political institutions, the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) abolished in 2012 by former Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will...

Fiji Parliament selected Standing Orders waived, President urges government to uphold rule of law

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Members of Fiji Parliament can pray in their own faith and speak in their own language if they choose to. Speaker of Parliament Ratu Naiqama...

Former Fiji’s Supervisor of Election Mohammed Saneem referred to FICAC

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The Fijian Elections Office (FEO)has referred Mohammed Saneem to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for probable abuse of office and for corrupting...