Category Archives : Government

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 […]

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 […]

Fiji Explores Its Options

The CIA World Factbook states: ‘Commodore Bainimarama has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji’s democratic institutions, and refused to hold elections.’ As the country’s representative to the United States, how do you respond to this position by the US government? We still consider ourselves a democratically-based country. The reason that we have gone off-track for the […]