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The Melanesia Program’s research focuses on geo-strategic and economic competition in the Pacific Islands, technology-inspired development, governance, leadership, growth and poverty alleviation in Melanesia. The Institute hosts a number of forums that promote dialogue between Australian and Pacific government leaders, ministers and officials, the private sector and civil society representatives.

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How the ABC can avoid tuning out the Pacific

This week the ABC announced it would end shortwave transmission services to the Pacific region early next year, delivering an estimated $2.8 million in savings. It’s unclear exactly how much of these savings will be ring-fenced for the ABC’s already stripped-back Pacific services. I have a lot

Pacific links: NZ quake, PNG budget, Palau election and more

By Harriet Smith, an intern with the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the cost of damage caused by this week's 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the nation's South Island, which killed two people, may reach over a billion dollars. New Zealand is part of the

Australia's marriage-equality debate reverberates through the Pacific

Harriet Smith is an intern in the Melanesia Program, Lowy Institute. As the LGBTQ+ community in Australia continues the struggle for marriage equality, some are asking what impact this will have for our neighbours, especially in nations which still criminalise homosexuality. With the bill to hold

PNG shootings are not a Tiananmen moment

The reporting on the tragic confrontation between students and police at the gates of the University of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday reminded me of a comment made some years ago when I was covering a landslide in the PNG Highlands. Initial reports out of Port Moresby this week quoted students as

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