Category Archives : Locations


Future of Australia-Fiji Relations: An Interview with Jenny Hayward-Jones 1

In December 2007, you wrote of the importance of Australia taking leadership in governance and diplomacy, and the value of demonstrating respect in relations with Melanesia. In that article, you were particularly referencing progress in relations between Australia-Solomon Islands and Australia-Papua New Guinea. Therein, you claimed there is a need for Australia to match extensive […]


Colorectal, Gastric and Esophageal Cancers Pose Serious Human Security Threat in the Solomon Islands

The Pacific Islands Region has one of the highest Helicobacter pylori (commonly known as H. pyroli) infection rates in the world. A recent study conducted in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia suggests that nearly 90% of Pacific Islanders could be infected.[1] The Solomon Islands is no exception. Early testing indicates that infection rates there could […]


The Pacific Island Development Forum Beyond ANZUS (Greg Poling)

Both Japan and South Korea have major interests in the Pacific Islands. How does the PIDF affect Japan and South Korea’s interests in the region? And, with the rising influence of China across the region, do you think that they should consider modifying their own approach to development aid to Pacific Island Countries? I don’t […]


Assessing the Strategic Implications of the Pacific Island Development Forum (Greg Poling) 1

Last year, you said that Fiji had clearly failed to win over its neighbors in the face of an aggressive campaign against the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) by Australia. As evidence, you cited the fact that only three heads of states attended the event. However, nine leaders from Pacific Island countries attended this year’s […]


Young Leader on Disarmament (American Samoa): Statement to the U.N. Conference on Disarmament

Today the world faces new and unique challenges as a result of globalization. As countries’ economies become more interconnected, the spread of conflict and the proliferation of arms have intensified. Hence, the immediacy for the CD to take action has never been greater. These threats to security and peace have long made their way onto our […]