Richard Chauvel

Dr Richard Chauvel is an honorary fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Papuan independence leader Filep Karma was released from prison last Thursday, after serving more than 10 years behind bars for treason. Does his release indicate a commitment by the government to resolve the conflict in the province, and how will it affect efforts to promote dialogue? Dr Richard Chauvel reports.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group’s decision to grant observer status to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMPB) means that for the first time, West Papuans and Indonesians will be sitting at the same table in an international forum. Dr Richard Chauvel looks at the impact of the move in the final post of his three part series on Papua. Photo by Stefan Armbruster/SBS World News.

Papuan support for dialogue remains strong and widespread, writes Dr Richard Chauvel in this second part of a three-part series on recent developments in Papua. Photo by Jaringan Damai Papua.

Despite President Joko Widodo’s recent announcements, Jakarta continues to believe that improved welfare will make calls for independence disappear, writes Dr Richard Chauvel. Photo by Benny Wenda.