Tag Archives: Papua New Guinea

Refocusing the Australia-PNG Relationship

In his recent article in The Australian Defence Force Journal (Issue No.190, pp. 104-111), SSGM PhD Candidate, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Blair, discusses ways to refocus and strengthen Australia and Papua New Guinea’s bilateral relationship.

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Foreign aid in the August Statement: pushing back the scale up for the fifth time; more details on aid to PNG

This post explores the implications of the August Budget Statement for Australian aid, and for aid to PNG. The use of aid to fund the… Continue reading

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New from SSGM

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) has recently posted the following briefing notes and discussion papers to their new website: In-Brief 2013/1: Witchcraft and Sorcery-Related Killings in Melanesia: Legal Issues In-Brief 2013/2: Politicians and Political Leaders in … Continue reading

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Launch of Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia, 1893-1978

Charles Morris Woodford, First Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Protectorate, c.1885. The Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia, 1893-1978 was  launched on 25 July 2013. Professor Clive Moore from the University of Queensland (UQ) has been working on the Solomon Islands … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Languages of the Pacific (PASI 2020/6020)

[Photo mosaic of Kanjimei village (PNG) by Darja Hoenigman] This course provides an introductory overview to the languages of the Pacific, extending from Timor in the west through the island of New Guinea out through Melanesia into Pacific Polynesia. It … Continue reading

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Comparative perspectives on land – Thinking across the Pacific: Report from the ‘land stream’ of the State of the Pacific Conference (25-26 June 2013)

The Hon Ralph Regenvanu, Minister for Lands, Government of Vanuatu (left), Ms Leisande Otto, World Bank, Vanuatu (middle) and Dr Jim Fingleton, Development Law Consultant participate in the ‘land stream’ panel at SOTP 13, 25 July 2013 (Photo: George Carter). … Continue reading

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Kevin Rudd, you’re not a good friend of PNG

Martyn Namorong is a multi-award winning writer, blogger and television presenter.
In March 2008, Kevin Rudd made his first official visit to Papua New Guinea to build ties, the first such visit by an Australian prime minister in 11 years. Out of that … Continue reading

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Rampaging soldiers at the Moresby medical school: implications for Rudd’s PNG solution

On Sunday 14 July, the day Prime Minister Rudd arrived in PNG, two truckloads of rampaging soldiers attacked medical students at the University of PNG… Continue reading

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China in the Pacific (recent journal articles)

Several journals have recently featured articles on China’s emerging role in the Pacific Islands, including the special issue of Pacific Affairs (Volume 86 No.2, June 2013) on ‘Global Perspectives on Chinese Investment’ (edited by Paul D’Arcy and Graeme Smith): Asian Investment in … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: 2014 Pacific Research Colloquium – Developing Pacific Scholarship

January 28 to February 7, 2014 (Australian National University, Canberra) State Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) is offering twelve scholarship awards to graduate students, scholars and researchers from universities, research institutions, NGOs and other professional bodies in the … Continue reading

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Conflict Management and Resolution: a new course for S2 2013

An exciting new subject is being offered in second semester 2013 as part of the major in Peace, Conflict and War Studies within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. The subject, Conflict Management and Resolution (ASIA 2087), will … Continue reading

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Welcome, Grant Walton!

In April this year, Grant Walton joined the Crawford School of Public Policy’s Development Policy Centre as a Research Fellow. Grant joins the ANU after having completed his PhD in 2012. Grant’s PhD thesis, undertaken in the Department of Resource … Continue reading

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Prof. Nick Evans awarded ARC Laureate Fellowship

Professor Nicholas Evans has just been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship to pursue research on “the wellsprings of linguistic diversity”. His project “tackles the riddle of why there are so many languages in parts of the world like Australia and … Continue reading

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Controlling middle & backbenchers in PNG Parliament for political “stability”

PNG politics was labeled unstable for many years, but today we have the opposite problem: too much stability and of the wrong kind. Continue reading

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Pacific issues come under expert gaze

An AusAID account of two recent conferences at the ANU: SSGM’s inaugural State of the Pacific (SOTP 13) and The Development Policy Centre’s PNG and Pacific Update.

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