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Nonresident Fellow
Lowy Institute, Pacific Islands Program
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Areas of ExpertisePacific and PNG; international development assistance; international health challenges; global issues impacting on indigenous peoples

Varghese's welcome shift on aid

It would be a long bow to say Peter Varghese's speech to the 2016 Australasian Aid Conference in Canberra last week was in the same league as St Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus. But it does reflect a major and welcome shift in the 'traditional' DFAT understanding of foreign aid and its

UNESCO: On the front line against ISIS

UNESCO is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, so it's no surprise that this is the leitmotif running through its biennial General Conference currently underway in Paris. But this birthday celebration is sharing the podium with two other themes which are dominating this assembly and which

Ebola: Lessons from earlier pandemic scares

In July 2014, Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Chris Baggoley, assured us that the risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading to Australia from West Africa was very low. At that stage, cases of this most recent outbreak of the disease had been confined to West African countries and in particular

MH17: A long shadow over AIDS 2014

The spectre of the MH17 outrage is casting a long shadow across AIDS 2014, the 20th international AIDS conference, which opened yesterday in Melbourne. Six of its delegates, including one of the world's leading HIV/AIDS scientists, Dutchman Jeop Lange, were among the flight's 298 passengers. The

Foreign aid: Parliamentary committees at 50 paces

In the wake of the Abbott Government's unforeseen but momentous decision last year to integrate the Australia's foreign aid agency, AusAID, into DFAT, the federal parliamentary committee system seems to have been enlisted by government and opposition to debate the aid policy gap. In early December

In visa stoush, PNG only hurts itself

Australia is PNG's biggest trading partner. It's our largest recipient of aid and unwanted asylum seekers. To get there, we can catch any of the four or more daily flights that link the two countries. Or at low tide, we can simply walk across the border. But come Saturday, getting there will be a

AusAID reintegration a backward step

Up until 1973, Australia’s aid program was handled in a branch within the Department of Foreign Affairs. It’s taken 30 40 years for the circle to turn, but turn it has. This afternoon, one of Prime Minister Abbott’s first tasks after being sworn in was to announce the reintegration of AusAID

Development and the G20

This issue of the G20 Monitor examines the topic of development and the G20.  In line with the coverage of G20 agenda items in previous issues of the Monitor, the focus is on where the G20 can add value

HIV: 30 years old and still drawing a global crowd

Thirty years after HIV first started to make global headlines, it's still doing it, but this time for what is deceptively good news.  At this week's International AIDS Conference in Kuala Lumpur, there was the remarkable announcement that two previously HIV-positive men no longer had any

After the MDGs: What's next for Asia?

Later this month, a high level panel convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will deliver its recommendations on what should come after the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It's no ordinary panel. Co-chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

For Australia Network, it's never safe

You've got to feel sorry for Australia's public international television service, Australia Network. Launched by the Keating Government in 1994 under the name Australia Television, its short life has been blighted with funding cuts, death threats, name changes and a failed out-sourcing effort