Melanesia

Statecraft on the Belt and Road: investigating China’s Grand Strategy in Melanesia

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious Chinese program to influence global affairs through geoeconomics. Since its inception in 2013, it has become fundamental to understanding China’s grand strategy. Eight years later the BRI has over 145 member countries, many of whom seek infrastructure development. This pre-submission seminar by Pete Connolly examines changes in Chinese statecraft across Timor-Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, since the introduction of the BRI in 2018 and 2019.

DP 2021/03 Uncertainties as New Caledonia Prepares for Its Final Independence Referendum

France’s decision to hold the third and final independence referendum in New Caledonia under 1998 Nouméa Accord provisions on 12 December 2021 means that on that day, the Accord expires, along with

IB 2021/20 Undersea Internet Cables in the Pacific Part 2: Cybersecurity, Geopolitics and Reliability

This is the second of two linked In Briefs looking at undersea internet cables in the Pacific region.

IB 2021/19 Undersea Internet Cables in the Pacific Part 1: Recent and Planned Expansion

This is the first of two In Briefs looking at undersea internet cables in the Pacific region.

IB 2020/07 Local Music Sharing via Mobile Phones in Melanesia

Little is known about the use of mobile phones for sharing music content in Melanesia, particularly creative content produced within the region.

Law, Order and the State in Papua New Guinea

Law and order issues feature prominently in public debate in Papua New Guinea. Concerns centre around criminal violence and the limited effectiveness of state controls.

Research Summary Report: Do No Harm: Understanding the Relationship between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Violence against Women in Melanesia

This report covers the research undertaken as part of the project, Do No Harm: Understanding the Relationship between Women’s Economic Empowerment and

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