Foreign Policy

Fiji… What to do about Fiji?

May 21, 2011

The most serious and interesting issue from the last week (and probably for the week ahead) has definitely been the flight of Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara from Fiji to Tonga. This has made some things abundantly clear, raised a few questions, and been met with mixed reactions. The responses of Canberra and Wellington […]

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Nauru: A Pacific Leader

May 2, 2011

What do proposed strikes in New Caledonia, a bit of negotiating in Japan, some near-forgotten events half a century ago on the phosphate islands, and a lack of development all have in common? It’s pretty simple really; foreign companies getting a great return on investment for mining the traditional lands of Pacific landowners, Pacific states’ […]

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Fiji: The Problem that isn’t?

December 5, 2010

Fiji, what to do about Fiji….. The regime and the Good Commodore have got to go, right? It’s just not proper for a coup to succeed, especially at the cost of that defenceless tender thing called democracy. And it’s even worse when all the feet-stamping done in Canberra, Wellington and Brussels results in nothing more […]

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Changing of the Guard(dog)

November 18, 2010

A curious thing is happening in the Pacific. The times, they are a-changing. For many years the Pacific Islands looked to New Zealand, Australia and the United States for leadership, support, aid and all the other things small states get from friendly larger states. But not so any more it seems. But why? And should […]

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