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12
Aug
2014

Power and the Construction of Analytical Categories: Governance and Co-habitation across Timor-Leste

Damien Grenfell

Since independence, much effort and a great many resources have been put into forming a new state in Timor-Leste. As part of the fulfilment of modern sovereignty, state-building has been at the...

07
Aug
2014

Some thoughts about international climate change mitigation and adaptation funding: The view from New Ireland Province

John Aini and Paige West

In this paper we discuss several of the current international approaches to climate change mitigation being deployed in rural communities in Papua New Guinea. We then suggest that the...

05
Aug
2014

The preservation and cultivation of moralities in a Fijian village

He Wenzhen (Mona), PhD Scholar in Anthropology Department of Tsinghua University

What is a good child? How does one become a moral child in different local contexts? How do adults pass their values to their children? These are questions that I asked before commencing my...

29
Jul
2014

Chinese economic diplomacy towards the Oceania Island States in the 21st Century

Professor Yu Chang Sen – National Center for Oceania Studies, Sun Yatsen University, China

Oceania island states are an important part of China's grand peripheral strategy. In the first decade of the 21st century, the relationships between China and Oceania island states present the...

22
Jul
2014

Historic Injustice as an impediment to good governance in East Timor

Jill Jolliffe – Journalist & Author

In October 2012, Warren C. Wright of the Dili-based East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin published a scathing critique of the existing justice system in East Timor. Headed "Perversion of the rule...

22
Jul
2014

Unfriended? Social Media and Government Censorship in Times of Violence

Various Speakers

Do governments ever have the right to cut off or censor internet access? What about in times of civil unrest? Do companies have an obligation to work with governments in such situations, or an...

15
Jul
2014

Fighting corruption or pursuing personal aspirations? Student boycotts at the University of Goroka in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

Ivo Syndicus, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Abstract

Prolonged student boycotts appear to be a recurrent and distinctive feature at Papua New Guinean (PNG) universities. This paper looks at two recent student boycotts in 2010 and 2013 at the...

01
Jul
2014

Anticipating the 2014 Election in Fiji

Anticipating the 2014 Election in Fiji

Abstract

With an election to be held in September 2014, nine years after the last, there is considerable attention being paid to unknown factors which may affect the outcome. A reformed election...

27
Jun
2014

Moving from €˜empty growth' to sustainable human development: Translating Papua New Guinea's resource wealth into broad-based, equitable forms of development

Glenn Banks, Massey University, New Zealand

Abstract

Papua New Guinea is, once again, going through an extractives-led economic boom, with GDP growth expected to top 21% next year as the production effects of the PNG LNG project kick in....

24
Jun
2014

Comparing Small Wars: A Political Ecology of Two Insurgencies

Michael J Watts

Abstract

This paper compares two insurgencies in contemporary Nigeria: the radical Salafist Islamism of Boko Haram in the north, and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), a...

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