Category Archives : Rule of Law


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 Reality of America’s Pacific Pivot

Prepared Remarks by Mr. Mark Tokola Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of the United States in London Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 28 May 2013   Thank you very much for that gracious introduction, Keiko, and thank you all for your […]


Security Challenges in the West Philippine Sea

Prepared Remarks by His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo Ambassador to the Court of St. James Republic of the Philippines Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 15 May 2013 “Security Challenges in the West Philippine Sea” [Revised 26 May 2013]   The Philippines is […]


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, […]


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 […]