Category Archives : Australia

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 […]

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 […]

Global Risks: Unemployment and Underemployment in the Pacific Islands

“I look at that painting of the vaka sailing into the high seas, and I wonder – where has that spirit of enterprise gone?” Dr Timote Vaioleti, talanoa, April 2014.   It was the last day of 2013, and I sat cross-legged on the hot floor of my Aunty’s lounge room in Tongatapu. I was […]

Time for Australia to Rethink Chinese Influence in Pacific Islands

The 2013 Australian Defense White Paper (DWP) has left pundits scratching their heads rather than their favorite itch—could it really be that ‘the China threat’ is more puff and magic than an actual dragon at the doorstep? Abstraction aside, the new DWP’s focus on security in Australia’s “near neighborhood” should give pause to policy hawks obsessed with the […]