Ronald May


The Melanesian Spearhead Group: testing Pacific island solidarity

A unified Melanesian Spearhead Group, backed by China, could provide a counterweight to the strong influences exerted by Australia and New Zealand through the Pacific Islands Forum. The year 2010 saw a series of complex and sometimes contradictory shifts in relations between the members of...

Improving development and respecting sovereignty: Australia and Papua New Guinea

Australia and Papua New Guinea have a close relationship. A change in government in Australia and the recent re-election of Sir Michael Somare provide an opportunity for reassessment and readjustment to restore a more productive interaction between the two countries. This report, written by Ronald...