Category Archives : Interviews


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 […]


Assessing the Strategic Implications of the Pacific Island Development Forum (Greg Poling) 1

Last year, you said that Fiji had clearly failed to win over its neighbors in the face of an aggressive campaign against the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) by Australia. As evidence, you cited the fact that only three heads of states attended the event. However, nine leaders from Pacific Island countries attended this year’s […]


The Social Epistemology of Maritime Piracy

The central focus of your doctoral research is to provide a social epistemological account of maritime piracy. Why is this research topic so important? In our pursuit of knowledge about maritime piracy, we must be attentive to the question of justified true belief. While some social scientists abstract from the question of whether our beliefs […]


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, […]