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Pacific solidarity crucial to end exploitation, says Pacific Community head

18 February 2019

Regional solidarity is crucial for Pacific Island nations to curb the influence of powerful external actors, said Dr Colin Tukuitonga at The Australian National University (ANU) in February. Dr...

Department of Pacific Affairs and University of Hawaii take lead on new ‘China in the Pacific’ volume

13 February 2019

For nearly a year the Department of Pacific Affairs’ (DPA) Dr Graeme Smith has been collaborating with the University of Hawaii’s Professor Terrence Wesley-Smith on a new book looking at the...

Prof Toni Erskine, Prof David Welch, and Prof Stefano Guzzini

New editorial team for ‘International Theory’ journal includes Bell School Director

12 February 2019

Congratulations to our School Director, Professor Toni Erskine, who has been announced as one of three new Editors of International Theory - a journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy...

The Hon. Julie Bishop at the CSCAP meeting in Perth in November 2018.

Australian ambitions – regional reactions

18 December 2018

As America becomes relatively weaker and more ambivalent about the value of allies, it makes sense for Australia to work hard on its other regional partnerships. Apart from joining the renewed TPP (...

A time of celebration for our 2018 graduates

17 December 2018

On Friday, 14 December, the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs bid a fond farewell and good luck to 118 new graduates. We bid adieu to 38 undergraduate students from the Bachelor of Pacific...

Language Shock in Diplomacy

14 December 2018

Before moving to Australia, Happy prepared herself for culture shock - but instead got language shock. ‘Surprisingly I didn’t have any culture shock, but I did get language shock! Speaking in...

ASEAN must provide vision: former Indonesian foreign minister

12 December 2018

Former Indonesian foreign minister Dr Marty Natalegawa has challenged the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) to provide leadership and vision or risk regressing at the Australian launch of his...

DPA, Pasifika Student Society and PARSA host Prime Minister of Tuvalu

5 December 2018

The Department of Pacific Affairs was honoured to contribute to the organisation of a talk by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu Rt Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga to Pacific Island students at ANU. Hosted by the...

How to leverage power and influence on the UN Security Council: Briefing the incoming elected members.

5 December 2018

As a popular political saying goes, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” There are 188 UN member states that are not permanent members of the UN Security Council. When a country serves...

Curious Cat’s journey to become a Southeast Asia specialist

30 November 2018

When Catherine Yen was considering her options for university, The Australian National University (ANU) seemed out of reach both geographically and financially. “Being from a working-class family in...

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