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Transnational crime in the Pacific Islands: real or apparent danger?

Transnational crime constitutes a challenge for even the most advanced industrial nations. The Pacific Islands are culturally, educationally and socially diverse, geographically isolated and sparsely populated. There is a degree of heterogeneity in their respective levels of governance, corruption and law enforcement capacity. Economic weaknesses...

Up in smoke? Asia and the Pacific

The human drama of climate change will largely be played out in Asia, where over 60 per cent of the world’s population, around four billion people, live. Over half of those live near the coast, making them directly vulnerable to sea-level rise. Disruption to the...

Averting crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific

This report argues that America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain. It suggests that a strategy of collective defence is fast becoming necessary as a way of offsetting shortfalls in...

Once more with feeling: Russia and the Asia-Pacific

This analysis argues that real changes are taking place, both in Moscow’s approach towards the Asia-Pacific and in Russian foreign policy more generally. There is a demonstrably greater appetite to reach out to the countries and institutions of the Asia-Pacific region.

Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change

Australia ensured the official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.

Connecting the Asia-Pacific: Australian participation in China’s regional infrastructure initiatives

In 2013, China launched two new projects – the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – to lead regional efforts to plug infrastructure gaps. These projects pose a dilemma for Australian policymakers - how to actively participate in these important efforts...

A review of the health leadership and management capacity in Solomon Islands

Improving health management and leadership capacity and performance has been identified by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services as critical to improving health delivery and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This review describes the current state of health management and leadership capacity...

Fiji: poor nutrition and agricultural decline has caused food security slump

Food availability in Fiji is generally good, especially when compared to other Pacific islands. While this has led to lower food security concerns, Fiji suffers from a double burden of over- and under-nutrition. Adult obesity affects nearly a third of Fijians and rates of non-communicable...

Indo-Pacific election pulse 2019: Thailand, Indonesia, India and Australia

In the context of growing concerns over the strength of democracy, the influence of authoritarianism and ideological competition, this publication delves into the complexities and implications of elections in India, Indonesia, Australia and Thailand.

252876 | Palliative care in the Pacific: initial research

This report presents an initial examination of palliative care across the Pacific region. There is scarce literature on palliative care in Pacific island countries and territories, but the documented disease profile shows a need for expanded palliative care.