By Harriet Smith, an intern with the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program.
Tess Newton Cain has outlined her 2017 predictions for the Pacific region, a busy year that will bring elections in Papua New Guinea and France (the latter of which may affect New Caledonia) and potential discussion on constitutional reform in several countries.
Following an earthquake in Fiji, and threat of a possible tsunami, locals used social media to spread information, but an emergency response specialist has warned that this can lead to misinformation and panic.
Islamic extremism in Palestinian communities in the Middle East is emerging as a significant security threat. These relatively ungoverned spaces are proving vulnerable to radical takeover from without and within.