School of Government, Development and International Affairs (USP)

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The social and political effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji: recent research perspectives

This research brief summarises three recent publications that analyse some of the social and political effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji.
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Winds of change: Pacific Islands and the shifting balance of power in the Pacific Ocean

As China becomes more powerful, it is challenging American regional military predominance in Asia, but also in the western Pacific and increasingly in the Indian Ocean. This paper is concerned with the implications of this shift in strategic thinking for Pacific island states.
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Assessing Indonesian diplomacy in the Pacific Islands

This paper considers Indonesia’s role in Pacific regional politics.
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The Fijian ethos and Dawasamu miraculous healing water: a study of Delakado and Natadradave villagers’ response to God’s gift

The working paper reports on the research project and its findings on why indigenous Fijian villagers eschewed the unique opportunity for windfall cash income from the sale of miracle water at a time of unprecedented hardship.
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Rethinking constitutional reform in the Pacific: what can we learn from the Indonesian experience?

There is a distinct difference between proposing new constitutional frameworks and the process of establishing those frameworks. The latter involves forms of renegotiation with varying legacies of the past in any particular setting. This makes transforming proposed reforms into meaningful practice that can sustain over...