The world is talking about migration – so should we!

The world is talking about migration – so should we!

We need to start a more nuanced discussion on migration in this part of the world given the global discourse on this topic. Here Giff Johnson considers the issues from a north Pacific perspective, highlighting the little considered role of veterans returning to serve their own countries after years in the US military.
Dare to dream, but in PNG it’s not enough

Dare to dream, but in PNG it’s not enough

Many people are commenting online on the impacts of decisions taken by the current Papua New Guinea government, with many expressing their feelings about a looming fiscal crisis. Dulciana Somare-Brash provides a raw assessment of the situation, saying the country will need more than a new crop of freshly elected leaders in 2017.
Must Melanesia globalise to succeed?

Must Melanesia globalise to succeed?

This is a transcript of Jonathan Guyant's statement at the grand final of the Melanesian School Debate competition, staged last week in Port Vila. Jonathan was the first speaker of the Vanuatu team arguing against the motion that Melanesia must globalise to succeed. He was awarded Best Speaker for the debate final.
Revitalising the Commonwealth

Revitalising the Commonwealth

This week Commonwealth leaders are meeting in Malta for their biennial heads of government meeting. One of the first items of business will be the selection of the next Secretary General and with the field wide open, Pacific islands countries could be the king (or queen) maker.
Aiming for the hot seat

Aiming for the hot seat

Pacific nations engage with the UN on many levels, but are left out of the most important UN body, the UNSC. Ben Bohane asks whether the Pacific needs to challenge the system to get a permanent voice at the highest table.