As Port Vila gears up for a by-election following the death of Edward Natapei, Kiery Manassah reflects on an increasingly common trend of dynasty politics in Vanuatu where leadership is often passed on to a next of kin, arguing the pattern could snuffle life out of democracy.
As PNG turns forty, Nik Soni looks back to the future at an immensely wealthy country, gradually taking on a greater role on the world stage. Looking beyond simplistic assessments that all is hopeless, he suggests there is reason to have confidence the people of PNG will effect the change necessary to overcome existing challenges.
Starting next week, Justice Sey will preside over arguably the biggest corruption case ever in Vanuatu, involving 16 parliamentarians from the government side. Kiery Manassah considers the possible ways in which the scenario could unfold.
Kaliopate Tavola discusses the issues central to the future of the WTO. As a former WTO permanent representative, he says despite all overtures at reforming it, this global international organization is fracturing and may be beyond repair.
Kaliopate Tavola asks if a 'stable regional order’ as envisioned by Australia and New Zealand is being achieved at a time when their inclusion in Pacific regional architecture is being questioned.
As Pacific nations find themselves accused on various international watch lists, Giff Johnson explores the tension between the cultural approach of keeping disputes or problems muted and its use at the political level to avoid dealing with necessary issues.