Dr Jessica Collins is a Research Fellow in the Pacific Islands Program. Her research interests cover foreign aid and development policy in Pacific Island nations (particularly for Pacific women), Pacific migration, remittance policy, and Myanmar’s humanitarian and refugee challenges. Prior to joining the Institute, Jessica completed a PhD in Anthropology at the Queensland University of Technology. Jessica also holds a Master of Global Development from Griffith University. Her Honours research project, completed at the Queensland University of Technology, explored diasporic life for Samoans living in Brisbane, and her undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney focused on the anthropology of the Pacific.
A historic hugs and dialling-down regional rivalries. How a week of Pacific diplomacy unfolded.
A continued dispute over the Secretary General position has challenged unity of the Pacific family.
Concern about a growing regional influence can be offset by faith in other actors to do the right thing.