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Jose Sousa-Santos - 27 Jul 2021

The Human Cost of Transnational Crime

William West / AFP Pacific island nations are increasingly paying the price for the high-value drug markets of Australia and New Zealand. Jose Sousa-Santos writes that transnational crime is increasing in the region and more co-operation is needed to combat it. In 2018 I was sitting at a large table in a meeting room in…

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Pacific Wayfinder: Facing the Climate Crisis in the Pacific

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Ben Bohane - 20 Jul 2021

Pacific Wayfinder: Facing the Climate Crisis in the Pacific

As the severe and urgent nature of the climate crisis becomes more apparent, governments around the world must take heed of the experts and Pacific peoples who are sounding the alarm, Ben Bohane writes for the Pacific Wayfinder series. “The more we know, the worse it looks”. The world’s peak body of climate scientists, the Intergovernmental…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 15 July 2021

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Hugh McClure - 15 Jul 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 15 July 2021

Fiji is introducing a ‘no jab, no job’ policy for public servants, whilst Japan has committed to vaccine assistance for the region, Hugh McClure writes. Fiji’s situation continues to concern the region. The rolling seven-day average of cases there has reached 696, a marked increase from 269 a fortnight ago, and higher on a per…

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Pacific Wayfinder: Advancing regional security through research

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Eliorah Malifa - 7 Jul 2021

Pacific Wayfinder: Advancing regional security through research

Pacific research that focuses on the intersectional nature of the Pacific region’s security challenges is vital, Eliorah Malifa writes for the Pacific Wayfinder series. Security is at the forefront of discussions at local, national and regional levels. While the public’s focus is often drawn to a small number of high visibility security issues, the enactment…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 1 July 2021

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Hugh McClure - 1 Jul 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 1 July 2021

Spotlight on Fiji Fiji is refusing to implement a hard lockdown, while vaccine hesitancy is creating increased risk throughout the Pacific, Hugh McClure writes. This fortnight, this update takes a deeper dive into the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Fiji. 2,626 cases were recorded in Fiji in the 14 days to 28 June, as Viti Levu…

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Creating an inclusive Indo-Pacific: a missed opportunity for talanoa?

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Henry Ivarature - 29 Jun 2021

Creating an inclusive Indo-Pacific: a missed opportunity for talanoa?

Australia needs to better engage Pacific leadership around the Indo-Pacific concept, but there is also an opportunity for the Pacific to shape the region’s narrative, Henry Ivarature writes. The Indo-Pacific geostrategic narrative is an uncomfortable one for Pacific leaders. In a quote posted on social media, Dame Meg Taylor, who was until recently the Secretary-General…

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