Sunday, April 21, 2019

Wilson’s Word

This is a pivotal time in Vanuatu’s history, with major decisions and changes to planned and legislation on the agenda that will shape the nation’s future for the good or the bad...

New UN treaty poses significant challenge for Pacific

It’s a refreshing sentiment in a world where campaigns about protecting the ocean environment are all too often devoid of the role of people.

West Papua: 1.8 million signatures can’t be wrong

Indonesia agrees to accept UN mission to check claims of rights abuses, but promises have been broken before.

Imagining Australia’s South Pacific family

In foreign policy, Morrison has scored — spun silver, I reckon — with his repeated discussion of Australia as part of the South Pacific family. Family is all about folk, so it’s a natural for a folksy PM.

Wilson’s Word

Is the 'Air Van Plan' too good to be true... and will there really be road repairs outside of Port Vila? WW waits with bated breath.

Australia’s new Pacific Czar

The intention is that the new office will exercise influence on Pacific policy and implementation across the public service, not just in DFAT.

Wanted: a strategic dialogue with Pacific island countries

In its current form, the relationship between Japan and the Pacific Island Countries is not structured to engender trust.

Wilson’s Word

Sometimes you just feel like the lunatics have taken over the asylum...

Competing Pacific narratives

That China’s spending in the Pacific islands has significantly increased is undeniable. There are claims that China will overtake Australia as the region’s largest donor.

Australia courts Vanuatu with Prime Minister’s visit

Much as Canberra may desire a formal defense agreement, Australia is unlikely to woo non-aligned Vanuatu that far.