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The town of Wyndham in Western Australia. After Oombulgari was demolished in 2011 many residents were pushed into nearby Wyndham, which lacks the resources to support a larger Indigenous population. Photo by Djambalawa, CC by 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons
37(1) Fall 2015, Global Notebook, Human Rights, Oceania, Pacific, Politics

Undermining Paternalism: UNDRIP and Aboriginal Rights in Australia

According to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the “choice” of indigenous Australians to maintain a connection to their land and culture is “not conducive to the kinds of...
Photo available for use under Chinese copyright law, section 22
Asia, Pacific, Perspectives, Politics

The Mitigation of China’s Naval Asymmetry via Control of Critical Maritime Chokepoints and the Centerpiece of its String of Pearls in the Indian Ocean

China and the United States are unlikely to ever have anything other than superficial diplomatic relations. Their competing interests and ideological disparities are extensive....
Destroyed housing, Port Vila (1)
36(4) Summer 2015, Environment, Global Notebook, Health, Oceania, Pacific

Adopt a Disaster: Shock, Empathy, and International Responses to Natural Disasters

On March 13, 2015, Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 storm, battered the small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, considered by the United Nations to...
US President Barack Obama with Hu Jintao, former General Secretary of the Communist Party. By White House (Pete Souza), public domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Featured, North America, Pacific, Perspectives, Politics, Security

Beijing’s Ménluó Doctrine: If it was good for America, should it be good for China?

Beijing has an incremental foreign policy in the South China Sea, which appears to resonate with America’s Monroe Doctrine. When the increasingly assertive new...
Polisario troops of the Sahrawi Republic which lays claim to territory in the Western Sahara. By Saharauiak, originally posted to Flickr as Soldadu saharauiak. CC BY-S.A. 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Africa, Asia, Central Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Global Notebook, North Africa, Pacific, Politics, Security

Lines in the Sand: The Problem of Unclear National Borders

It seems odd for revolutions to start over something as trivial as geography. However, when protests in Crimea began in February 2014, protesters argued...
The island nation of Nauru is threatened by extinction within a generation. "Evening Reflections - Nauru" by Hadi Zaher. CC BY 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Asia, Environment, Global Notebook, Oceania, Pacific, Politics, Science & Technology, Southeast Asia

Washed Away: The Threat of Global Warming

In the next 30-50 years, comfortably within the span of the current generation, rising tides will sink a number of island nations, endangering the lives of thousands upon...
cnooc 981
Asia, Blog, Pacific, Southeast Asia

Chinese Realpolitik in the South China Sea

The Spratly and Paracel islands in the South China Sea have been the site for the continuous display of international realpolitik. This has played...
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
35(4) Spring 2014, Interviews, Oceania, Pacific, Politics

Creating Community: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Can you please briefly discuss the state of geopolitics and international relations in the region? The geopolitical situation in East Asia is a state...
ukrainian crisis
Asia, Blog, Central Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Oceania, Pacific

Implications of the Ukrainian Crisis for the Asia Pacific

This is a guest post authored by Himanil Raina, a student at the NALSAR University of Law and a freelance writer on geopolitical and international...

Greg Stone
Interviews, Oceania, Pacific, Perspectives, Science & Technology

Ocean Health: Greg Stone

Greg Stone recently developed the Ocean Health Index, an all-encompassing metric that scores ocean health from 0-100 in ten key areas: food provision, carbon storage,...