Category Archives : Development


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 […]


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 International Threat to National Sovereignty in Papua New Guinea

Prepared Remarks by Her Excellency Winnie A. Kiap High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Independent State of Papua New Guinea Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)   I find in my interaction with the government as well as with the commercial sector in […]


Addressing the Future of Traditional and Non-Traditional Security in the Pacific Islands

Remarks by Mr. Solo Mara High Commissioner Republic of Fiji High Commission to the United Kingdom Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) March 5, 2013 Introduction I am pleased to speak to you this evening on the future of traditional and non-traditional security […]


Time for a New Policy Approach to Fiji

For more than two decades, Fiji has endured a coup culture. During the latest military coup in 2006, Commodore Bainimarama removed Prime Minister Qarase’s duly elected democratic government. Since then, Australia has actively leveraged its bilateral and regional influence to urge Bainimarama’s Interim Government to hold free and fair elections. The regime’s failure to return […]