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IB 2021/23 Oceanic Diplomacy: An Introduction

When practitioners and scholars think of diplomacy in the Pacific context they usually have in mind the diplomacy of the post-independent Pacific Island states or the diplomacy of larger powers wit

IB 2021/22 The Case for Enhanced Australian Engagement with the Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is situated in a strategic area on the northern frontline of China’s push into the Pacific region.

IB 2021/17 The Controversial Use of the Gender Quota in the 2021 Samoan General Election: A Personal Perspective – Part 2

The 2021 general election in Samoa was followed by a series of controversial events, including the use of the gender quota as a strategy for the incumbent government to hold onto power.

IB 2021/16 The Controversial Use of the Gender Quota in the 2021 Samoan General Election: A Personal Perspective – Part 1

The first of this two-part In Brief series outlines the events that followed the 2021 Samoan general election and contextualises them in terms of gender norms in Samoa.

Recording now online: The prolonged and unprecedented 2021 Samoan Elections

On 20 May 2021, DPA hosted a webinar on the prolonged and unprecedented 2021 Samoan elections.

Assessing the impact of Community Officers on grievance management practices in Solomon Islands

In the Solomon Islands, four provinces have appointed Community Officers to support local leaders dealing with conflicts and disputes within communities and to better link them with the province, police and national government ministries. In collaboration with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, we surveyed almost 1000 citizens in 20 wards across four provinces to ascertain whether there were improvements in access to justice and grievance management as a result of the project.

IB 2021/14 An Assessment of Bougainville’s President Toroama Part Three: A Candidate in Four Elections 2010–20

This is the third of three linked In Briefs discussing the little-known record and the leadership attributes of the newly elected (September 2020) President of Bougainville, Ishmael Toroama.

IB 2021/13 An Assessment of Bougainville’s President Toroama Part Two: Business and Music Activities

This is the second of three linked In Briefs discussing the record, the reasons for the election, and the leadership attributes of the newly elected (September 2020) President of Bougainville, Ishm

IB 2021/12 An Assessment of Bougainville’s President Toroama Part One: A Little-known New Leader

This is the first of three linked In Briefs about the record of Ishmael Toroama, elected President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (hereinafter Bougainville) in September 2020.

IB 2021/11 The 2020 Autonomous Bougainville Government General Election: Part 2

This second In Brief in a two-part series on Bougainville’s first general election after the 2019 referendum examines the election results as well as some issues surrounding the conduct of the elec

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