Pacific Area

Commentary

16 Jan 2018

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Maurice Newman share a deep suspicion of China’s intentions in the Pacific. Graeme Smith argues that the reality doesn’t match their claims.

Transcript

21 Nov 2017

On 21 November the Hon. Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister for Defence, delivered this address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney on Australia's approach to the Pacific.

Commentary

16 Oct 2017

Exaggerated fears about China’s intentions reflect a misunderstanding of what’s happening in the region, writes Graeme Smith.

Audio program

21 Sep 2017

Support is growing for better recognition of Australian South Sea Islanders.

Audio program

6 Sep 2017

The leaders of small Pacific island countries say Australia's continuing support of coal as a source of energy and export revenue, is causing resentment in the region.

Database

14 Jul 2017

We digitise and archive records of the many small languages of the world. We have worked to ensure that the archive can provide access to interested communities and conforms to international standards for digital archiving. While our original focus was the Asia-Pacific region, we now...

Research report

7 Jul 2017

As Fiji prepares to chair climate talks in late 2017, Pacific leaders are gathering in Suva to consider what policies to push for. One should be a moratorium on new coal mines.

Research report

13 Dec 2016

Executive summary

A stable and prosperous Pacific Islands region is essential for Australia’s security and foreign policy. Australia is investing significant amounts of aid in the development of the region with very mixed results. The economic, demographic, governance, and climatic challenges the Pacific...

Research report

27 Nov 2016

Overview

This discussion paper results from a speech prepared for the keynote address at the 2016 State of the Pacific Conference, held at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, 13–15 September. In it Dr Aqorau discusses the state of regional cooperative...

Commentary

Article

5 Jul 2016

Among the collateral damage of an early election – especially a double dissolution election – is the work of parliamentary committees. At 9am on 9 May, each and every committee of the forty-fourth parliament ceased to exist and many inquiries lapsed, their investigations unfinished....

Book

6 Jun 2016

This is a reprint of the first detailed study of how Pacific Islanders responded politically and economically to their rulers across the German empire of the Pacific. Under one cover, it captures the variety of interactions between the various German colonial administrations, with their separate...

Research report

27 May 2016

Introduction

This report examines the governmental organizational structures used in three Australian-led interventions in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the Southwest Pacific regions: Bougainville, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. Whole-of-government efforts requiring coordination across many parts of the Australian Government...

Journal article

28 Apr 2016

The author discusses anxieties about the stability and fragility of South Pacific states, yet by specifying that all three of the key Strategic Defence Objectives mentioned in The 2016 Defence White Paper are “equally-weighted”, it elevates other regions to the same level of strategic import....

Thesis

1 Jan 2016

Panulirus ornatus is a highly-valued tropical spiny lobster species with an extensive Indo- West Pacific distribution, ranging from the east coast of Africa through to the central Pacific Islands. The species is intensively fished throughout its range to supply a rapidly growing Asian seafood market,...

Thesis

1 Jan 2016

Field data were collected on Fatato Island, Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu, to understand contemporary wave transformation processes on a previously unstudied atoll. Subsequently, a fully nonlinear Boussinesq model was used to simulate wave processes on Fatato and other reefs with variable morphology to evaluate the impact...

Evaluation

15 Dec 2015

The purpose of the process evaluation of its 2011-2015 renewable energy infrastructure investments is to independently inform the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) of improvements and learnings that can be made to the planning and management of such Activities. This includes...

Report

15 Dec 2015

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned Adam Smith International to conduct an independent evaluation of its country programmes in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. The evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its...

Briefing paper

15 Dec 2015

The evaluation found:

There is no single best approach to preparing and supporting teachers; the choice of pre-service and/or in-service approaches depends on context-specific needs, and readiness to sustain the approach. DFAT’s experience provides valuable lessons compared to what the literature suggests is ‘good...

Report

1 Dec 2015

The evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its programme of assistance, and suggested ways New Zealand could better meet its obligations to Samoa.

Report

15 Nov 2015

The New Zealand Aid Programme, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has identified infrastructure investments as one of the enablers of growth. Renewable energy is one of the key underpinnings of its growth strategy for infrastructure. One of the 12 Investment Priorities of...