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Goodbye America First, at Last

December 31, 2019
Goodbye America First, at Last

As we move into this new decade, let us not forget that while the U.S. is a country that helped to invent the modern era with technological advantages and industrialization with leadership and an over-determined moral authority to endeavor forward all of our pithy accolades and self-endorsed commendations, this nation is predicated on the base...
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A US-China win-win?

December 18, 2019
A US-China win-win?

The NYTime’s favorite storyteller on the US economy, Paul Krugman, spins yet another story about how, “Trade wars rarely have victors. They do, however, sometimes have losers. And Donald Trump has definitely turned out to be a loser.” Wrong. Trade wars always have victors, and it is always the Wall Street 1%. To Wall...
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The Ukrainians–Season 4

October 12, 2019
The Ukrainians–Season 4

Here we are at the end of Season 4 of the hit not-yet-released bingeable series, *The Ukrainians*, which I hope will capture the spirit of this movie poster from the 1964 Ukranian film, *The Enchanted Desna* by Yuliya Solntseva. In Season 1, the story opens with Yanukovych and Putin smoothing out the tensions between...
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Context to the Uyghur rehabilitation camps.

April 26, 2019
Context to the Uyghur rehabilitation camps.

As China’s rehabilitation camps on the Uyghur population is once again in the news cycle, reporters yet again fail to report the “why” question. Ignoring the why-factor is the same as peddling propaganda. Militant groups in Xinjiang: East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) East Turkistan Liberation Organization (ETLO) United Revolutionary Front of East Turkestan (URFET)...
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The Pacific’s Data Divide

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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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