Political development



‘New’ Malaysia: four key challenges in the near term

In May 2018 Malaysia underwent its first regime change in its political history. This analysis identifies four key areas that the new administration must deal with in the next twelve months: the Malay Agenda/Bumiputra Policy; the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63); political Islam; and a clear...

Global check in: Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand

It's been two months since Jacinda Ardern was sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand. So, how is she faring, after her first one hundred days in office?

Future scenarios for Papua New Guinea

This paper examines scenarios for Papua New Guinea's political future.

An analysis of Papua New Guinea's political condition and trends through to 2025

This analysis attempts to address how key trends in Papua New Guinea's politics will impact upon both the bureaucracy and regulatory environment.

A return to belligerent democracy?

The political stalemate in Timor-Leste has three possible outcomes. Michael Leach explains.

Australia lags behind in Indigenous political participation: expert

This week marks ten years since the United Nations adopted its first Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

A long and winding road: a brief history of the idea of a ‘government of national unity’ in Timor-Leste and its current implications

Abstract In this Discussion Paper, I consider first the academic debate on the establishment of democracy and the role of political competition and cooperation as a background to the current Timorese government formula. This is followed by a brief historical tour of the idea of...

Tonga Police Development Programme evaluation

This evaluation identifies what is working and what is not in order to improve the Tonga Police Development Programme management and implementation, and achievement of results, for the remaining duration of its current phase.

Evaluation of the Partnership Arrangement for Customs Sector Development in the Pacific and Timor Leste

Evaluates the effectiveness of New Zealand’s investment in Customs capacity building in the Pacific.

Parliamentary Counsel Office legislative drafting assistance to Pacific nations evaluation report

This evaluation assessed the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the assistance provided by New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office to Pacific Islands’ officials responsible for drafting legislation.