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Now is the time for an independent Pacific think tank

By Dr Anthony Bergin and Dr Transform Aqorau

Good foreign policy, diplomacy and sound national security in the Pacific Islands doesn’t just require solid ideas and good plans. It needs robust evidence of what works and a level of informed public debate on what options to pursue. These are often not available in the Pacific Islands.

To advance policy thinking in these areas sometimes requires questioning existing policy orthodoxies around regional diplomacy and security, and also understanding the complexities around which public policies are developed in the Islands.

Given all that has happened in the past two years, and the heightened geopolitical interest in the region, it’s time to establish an . . .

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