With fair and free Burmese elections still a longed-for dream, can the Myanmar military be trusted to take the final steps in giving up power?
Australia is taking a substantial diplomatic shopping list to the Pacific Islands Forum, as the region is briefly catapulted into the limelight.
Australia's rebuilding of diplomatic ties with Fiji has taken some observers by surprise.Has Australia moved too quickly to still have any influence in Fiji’s proposed return to democratisation?
After changing government in 2007, the people of Timor-Leste have again voted strategically, to focus their vote on the major parties.
For the leader of a country that has an often troubled history of bilateral relations, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's visit to Australia is aimed at addressing domestic concerns and less about assuaging Australia's interests.
The Indonesian government’s attempt to initiate dialogue with West Papuan independence activists has declined into farce, following the shooting on June 14 of key West Papuan leader Mako Tabuni.
On Sunday, East Timor will celebrate 10 years of independence. As a nation born from the ashes of destruction, its first decade has been marked by problems and set-backs.
What should have been a brief exchange of pleasantries turned into a diplomatic disaster when Julie Bishop outlined the opposition’s policy on "sending back" asylum seeker boats to Indonesia.