Richard Herr


Chinese influence in the Pacific Islands: the yin and yang of soft power

This report finds that the concept of “soft power” is an overrated explanation for Chinese influence in the Pacific Islands. The buzzword often disguises more than it reveals about Chinese influence in Australia’s nearest region.

Agenda for change 2019: strategic choices for the next government

This publication contains thirty short essays that cover a vast range of subjects, from the big geostrategic challenges of our times, through to defence strategy; border, cyber and human security; and key emergent technologies.

Our near abroad: Australia and Pacific islands regionalism

This report suggests that with rising Chinese influence in the region, the US appears to doubt that Australia can deliver on South Pacific issues. The Pacific Island members of the United Nations now meet under the rubric of the Pacific Small Islands Developing States that...

Time for a fresh approach: Australia and Fiji relations post-abrogation

This report argues that it is time for a fresh approach by the Australian Government to prepare the grounds for a more effective re-engagement with the Government of Fiji. Eliminating some of the negatives in the current bilateral relationship is a necessary first step toward...

Why go now?

This looks like being the closest election in a decade, writes Richard Herr.