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The Pacific’s Data Divide

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May 1, 2018
The Pacific’s Data Divide

  Introduction Why are Pacific economies smaller than those of other nations? The standard answer to this question highlights the unique vulnerabilities and dependencies of the region, such as size, distance from markets, and climate and disaster vulnerabilities. But what if these barriers were actually the source of Pacific equity? What if there existed...
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Militarizing for Peace in the Pacific?

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April 15, 2018
Militarizing for Peace in the Pacific?

The Sydney Morning Herald recently published a story by their defense and national security correspondent, David Wroe, accusing China of approaching Vanuatu and “building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific.” He further wrote that citing unnamed sources, Fairfax Media (SMH parent company) revealed that there have been “preliminary discussions between the Chinese and Vanuatu governments about a...
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Intemerate Accounts

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February 27, 2018

Intemerate is defined as, “inviolate, pure, undefiled,” in the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (1971); and the Oxford English Dictionary (1971) quotes, “The absolute sinlessness of Mary, as well as her intemerate virginity.” Hence, intemerate accounts refers to the valuation of what is inviolate, pure and undefiled.   Big Data has already forced radical...
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Environmental and Economic Accounting in the Pacific

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February 27, 2018

The System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) is central to the discussion of environmental accounting. The SEEA was adopted by the UN Statistical Commission in 2012 and is an internationally agreed upon statistical framework measuring the environment and its interactions with the economy. Based on the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA2008), an agreed...
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MNAA submission to NZ Parliament opposing PACER-Plus Agreement

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July 4, 2017
MNAA submission to NZ Parliament opposing PACER-Plus Agreement

It is unfortunate that the Forum Island Countries that signed PACER-Plus last month with Australia and New Zealand were unable to recognize that this agreement was little more than a remnant of the kind of neoliberal post-colonial trade agreement left lingering from the 20th-century. Tonga, Niue, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Cook Islands...
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Can ISA be a pathway for FPIC?

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March 2, 2017
Can ISA be a pathway for FPIC?

Conventionally, the International Seabed Authority ruling deals with the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction outside the Exclusive Economic Zones of countries, while within the EEZs, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea requires that all the signatory states govern their seabeds in accordance with ISA standards. Currently, there...
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Measuring Regional Progress for a Blue Economy

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January 5, 2017
Measuring Regional Progress for a Blue Economy

Originally published by Australia National University, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia program, “Oceans Governance: Shaping our Future Workshop” download PDF Why are Pacific economies smaller than those of other nations? The standard answer to this question highlights the unique vulnerabilities and dependencies of the region, such as size, distance from markets, and climate...
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Lessons to shoulder into 2017

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December 31, 2016
Lessons to shoulder into 2017

The lessons we carry from 2016 into 2017 should be very sobering and although the drunken days of excess may be behind us, we should not lament our responsibility for digging deeper. It is up to us to hold ourselves accountable, because as the trust of our institutions wane, we are left with very little to hold...
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Waiting for the Shoe to Drop: Outlining U.S. South China Sea Policy

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December 15, 2016
Waiting for the Shoe to Drop: Outlining U.S. South China Sea Policy

The current rationale for Washington’s South China Sea policy continues to reference history and law as a justification for reinforcing U.S. military presence in the region. Further Washington’s reliance on a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, not only circumvents normative interpretations of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but...
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Disney’s Moana: a narrative on the economics of Climate Change

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November 27, 2016
Disney’s Moana: a narrative on the economics of Climate Change

note: (I moved the first paragraph to the end of the post. When I wrote this I was not aware of all the other academic work on the subject here, here, here, here and here, which I apologized for inadvertently and categorically dismissing.) The narrative of Moana is typical of the new Disney, shifting the resolution of...
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Stop the TPP rally-11/14/16

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November 15, 2016
Stop the TPP rally-11/14/16

From Stop the TPP Rally from Union Station to City Hall, November 14, 2016, organized by Lorna Paisley Livestream video by Lauren Steiner. We’ve heard that the Trans Pacific Partnership is Dead, and we should be celebrating that, patting ourselves on the back for all our hard work, commitment and perseverance. The campaign to Stop the...
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One Belt One Road and the original “Great Wall” Street

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October 16, 2016
One Belt One Road and the original “Great Wall” Street

The “One Belt One Road,” also known as the “New Silk Road” and “Maritime Silk Road,” is the most ambitious development initiative in the history of the world, seeking to build a global infrastructure network that is inclusive of the Developing World and Emerging Economies. Over the next few decades this initiative will involve a...
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