James Batley is a Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Pacific Affairs in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Batley’s research interests include the Pacific Islands (esp Melanesia) – politics, governance, development, regional and international relations; Australia’s relations with the Pacific; Solomon Islands – politics, governance, development, peace and conflict; and Vanuatu – politics, governance, development.

Prior to joining ANU, Mr Batley had a long career in government.

Fields of expertise



Unpacking Solomon Islands’ security pact with China

The tide is turning on the security of Solomon Islands after its Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare signed a…


Solomon Islands riots reflect deeper unrest

Civil unrest in the Solomon Islands is not surprising and highlights long-standing development and governance challenges, according to…

26 November 2021

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