Category Archives : Fiji Elections

Future of Australia-Fiji Relations: An Interview with Jenny Hayward-Jones 1

In December 2007, you wrote of the importance of Australia taking leadership in governance and diplomacy, and the value of demonstrating respect in relations with Melanesia. In that article, you were particularly referencing progress in relations between Australia-Solomon Islands and Australia-Papua New Guinea. Therein, you claimed there is a need for Australia to match extensive […]

The Pacific Island Development Forum Beyond ANZUS (Greg Poling)

Both Japan and South Korea have major interests in the Pacific Islands. How does the PIDF affect Japan and South Korea’s interests in the region? And, with the rising influence of China across the region, do you think that they should consider modifying their own approach to development aid to Pacific Island Countries? I don’t […]

Fiji and Australia: A Fractured Relationship

For more than two decades, Fiji has served as the coup capital of the Pacific. During the latest one in 2006, Commodore Frank Bainimarama removed Prime Minister Qarase’s duly elected democratic government. Since then, Australia has actively leveraged its diplomatic power and influence to urge the Bainimarama regime to hold free and fair elections. Fiji, […]

What’s at Stake in Fiji for Australia, China, and the United States

For more than two decades, Fiji has endured one coup after another. During the latest one, Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrew Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s duly elected but troubled government. Since then, Australia has tried to coerce Fiji back to democracy. The regime’s failure to return to the polls, has led to Fiji’s suspension from the […]

Fiji’s Competing Narratives and Uncertain Future

In a recent conversation with Ambassador Winston Thompson of the Republic of Fiji, the ambassador was asked how he addresses skeptics who believe that Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s lifting of martial law was disingenuous. His opening remark, “We can only wait and see.” While out of context, this response quite rightly captures the larger state of […]