Gordon Peake’s first book was an award-winning memoir of life in Timor-Leste, Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles & Secrets from Timor-Leste. He worked as an adviser to the Autonomous Bougainville Government from 2016 until 2020. He is a Visitor at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) where he is writing a book about New Guinea. He hosts the podcast series Memorandum of Understanding which peers behind the bureaucratic curtain to look at the people, policies and politics of international aid.
Solomon Islands: cops bearing gifts
Australia and China offer the archipelago nation a grab bag of policing options that often miss the mark.
Power politics lies behind how new countries are born – or not
History shows a resounding referendum – like recently in Bougainville – is not alone in deciding future independence.
A false start for PNG-Bougainville consultations
The post-referendum process stalled after a delegation arrived in Port Moresby, only to have the meeting cancelled.
Consulting on Bougainville’s future: The what, who, how and when
Making progress after the overwhelming independence ballot is as much a question of bureaucratic mechanics as politics.
The future ain’t what it used to be
If Covid-19 teaches us anything, obviously we need to plan, but let’s not pretend the future is actually predictable.
An upbeat mood in Buka as Bougainville waits for a result
With civic joy fuelled by nothing stronger than coconuts and Coca-Cola, the independence ballot is only the first step.
Quiet and unquiet graves: letter from Port Moresby
What ghostly memorials of a distant past tell us about the present.
Letter from Dili: languid days, broken barracks, and a surprise
Dili is marked by imprints of a once prominent international city with a presence now slipping from perceptible view.