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November 21, 2019

If predictions of a vote for independence are right, figuring out the mechanics of statehood will be a struggle

For two weeks from this Saturday, Bougainvilleans will exercise their right to say whethe...

Loyalists and independence groups are staking out positions, with another two votes now likely

Preparations are proceeding in a businesslike way for the second of three possible independence referendum...

August 14, 2019

This year’s gathering will hear new, old, and recycled ideas, but the ones that make a difference may not make the news.

The Prime Minister of tiny Tuvalu, a low-lying, reef-fringed island nation with...

Technical definitions of what counts as “aid” fail to capture the full scope of American assistance in the region.


April 21, 2019

The Pacific, when measured by aid inflows as a proportion of GDP, is the most aid-dependent region in the world. Geographic remoteness, exposure to frequent natural disasters and vulnerability to clim...

The first in a series where Lowy Institute experts look back on what surprised them in 2018.

If you had told me this time last year that in 2018 I would be one of the most frequently quoted Lowy Instit...

November 2, 2018

(Lowy Institute/The Interpreter) On Sunday,  Nov. 4, a total of 174,154 voters will vote on the future of New Caledonia, a territory only a couple of hours flight east of Australia. They will be calle...

August 4, 2018

Nauru suppresses free speech and dissent to keep political stability 

Nauru has banned the Australian Broadcasting Corp. from covering the Pacific Islands Forum scheduled in September  — the latest i...

February 4, 2018


The Pacific region is making headlines across Australia after Pacific and International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells harshly criticised Chinese aid in the region. 'Useless' is how...

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