Fiji grabbed all the headlines in the Pacific Islands region this year, as you will hear from Lowy Institute experts Jenny Hayward-Jones and Mark Tamsitt in the podcast below. There was not only a successful election but also a reset in relations with Australia and visits by Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi.

Listen too for Jenny and Mark's thoughts on the Solomon Islands election, and an extraordinary fact about PNG, which is due to record the highest GDP growth of any nation in the world, and is also one of only three countries to fail to meet any of the UN's Millennium Development Goals. The other two? North Korea and Zimbabwe.