Partners in the Pacific

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Ewen McDonald - 4 Jan 2022

Partners in the Pacific

As head of Australia’s Office of the Pacific, Ewen McDonald reflects on how Australia continues to support the Pacific in challenging times. 

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The Pacific’s year of climate, COVID-19, contestation, and cooperation

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Meg Keen - 16 Dec 2021

The Pacific’s year of climate, COVID-19, contestation, and cooperation

It’s been a challenging year, but the Pacific is stronger for it, Meg Keen writes. Pacific communities have weathered a few storms this year, with national and community resilience put to the test. As we head into the Christmas holidays there is tangible relief in that a tough year is coming to a close and…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 2021 in review

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Admin - 16 Dec 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 2021 in review

Although COVID-19 will remain a major challenge for governments in the Pacific, there is hope that 2022 will see the region reconnecting with the rest of the world. In 2021, the Pacific’s focus on the COVID-19 pandemic moved from the immediate health challenges of preventing the spread of the virus, to grappling with new variants,…

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Pacific Wayfinder: Will cryptocurrencies be the future for the Pacific?

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Ben Bohane - 14 Dec 2021

Pacific Wayfinder: Will cryptocurrencies be the future for the Pacific?

Pacific nations are starting to embrace the digital finance and blockchain ‘revolution’, but there are risks that will need to be addressed, Ben Bohane writes. Throughout human history, many forms of money have been developed to allow trade; from simple bartering of goods like animals and grain, to tobacco and glass beads, gold and silver…

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PNG security ahead of the 2022 election

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Michael Kabuni - 9 Dec 2021

PNG security ahead of the 2022 election

As Papua New Guinea approaches an election year, the country’s policymakers must confront a range of critical security issues, from climate change to organised crime, Michael Kabuni writes. Policymakers in the Pacific Island region face multifaceted security issues. That fact is not lost on the region’s leaders, as demonstrated by the 2018 Boe Declaration on…

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Bougainville’s quest for nationhood

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Ben Bohane - 8 Dec 2021

Bougainville’s quest for nationhood

As Bougainville marks two years since its historic independence referendum, Pacific leaders must work together to ensure the process does not falter, Ben Bohane writes. There were colourful rallies around Bougainville in late 2019 as people prepared to vote in a referendum they had waited decades for. In the carnival atmosphere, people tooted car horns and yelled “Box two, Box two!”…

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