Jokowi's visit a high point in Australian relations

Indonesian President Joko Widodo will make his first official visit to Australia tomorrow, seeking closer economic and maritime co-operation and the conclusion of the first free-trade agreement of his presidency. It is a trip that marks a high point in one of Australia’s most critical bilateral relationships.

IB2016/24 Politics, Organised Crime and Corruption in the Pacific

The notion of ‘organised crime’ typically conjures up images of criminal gangs. Some mafia and bikie gangs do operate in parts of the Pacific and have featured in local and international media.

IB2016/21 New Developments in Papua New Guinea’s Research and Development Regulatory Framework

This In Brief updates In Brief 2015/24 that first reported on the emergence of a new regulatory framework around research and development in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

A Long and Winding Road: A Brief History of the Idea of a ‘Government of National Unity’ in Timor-Leste and Its Current Implications

In this Discussion Paper, I consider first the academic debate on the establishment of democracy and the role of political competition and cooperation as a background to the current Timorese govern

Bonapartism in the South Pacific: The Bainimarama Government in Fiji

This Discussion Paper argues instead that the current government constitutes a particular, different and distinct form of class representation. While all governments in capitalist societies

A Watershed Moment, or Business as Usual? Female Candidates and Quota Implementation in the 2016 Samoan Election

The 2016 general election was the first ever held in Samoa using a constitutionally mandated minimum guaranteed level of women’s representation. The ‘safety net’ gender

Supporting Elections in Melanesia

Given the need for ongoing donor support, this In Brief reviews lessons learned in the provision of electoral assistance in Melanesia. It takes into

‘Fourteen Jailed’: Politics and Justice in Vanuatu

On 9 October 2015, 14 members of the Vanuatu parliament (out of 52) were sentenced to between three and four years jail for the crimes of corruption

Timor-Leste’s New Way of ‘Doing Politics’ … and Will It Last?

This In Brief flags a new mantra in Timorese politics — national interest ahead of partisan interests — and considers its political and institutional context and the prospects for its

Improving Women’s Political Representation in the Pacific: The Emerging Evidence

This In Brief argues initiatives aimed at improving women’s political representation in the Pacific must be informed by the emerging evidence concerning


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