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State-Building in a Post-Colonial Society: The Case of Solomon Islands

Dinnen, Sinclair

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Despite growing levels of conflict and instability in parts of the southwest Pacific, Australia has, until recently, been reluctant to intervene in the affairs of neighboring states. As the dominant metropolitan power in the region, a former colony of Britain, and the ex-colonial administrator of Papua New Guinea, Australia has gone out of its way to avoid any perceptions of acting in an imperialist or neo-colonial fashion. Instead, its influence has been wielded primarily through...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDinnen, Sinclair
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:25:02Z
dc.identifier.citationDinnen, Sinclair (2008) "State-Building in a Post-Colonial Society: The Case of Solomon Islands," Chicago Journal of International Law: Vol. 9: No. 1, Article 4. Available at: http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cjil/vol9/iss1/4
dc.identifier.issn1529-0816
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/21087
dc.description.abstractDespite growing levels of conflict and instability in parts of the southwest Pacific, Australia has, until recently, been reluctant to intervene in the affairs of neighboring states. As the dominant metropolitan power in the region, a former colony of Britain, and the ex-colonial administrator of Papua New Guinea, Australia has gone out of its way to avoid any perceptions of acting in an imperialist or neo-colonial fashion. Instead, its influence has been wielded primarily through diplomacy and bilateral development assistance. This traditional reluctance to intervene was also justified in terms of the practical limitations of external intervention, given the cultural and ethnic complexities evident in the Pacific island states. As explained in a Foreign Affairs White Paper, "Australia cannot presume to fix the problems of the South Pacific.... The island countries are independent sovereign states... When problems are so tightly bound to complex cultural and ethnic loyalties, only local communities can find workable solutions."
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago
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dc.sourceChicago Journal of International Law
dc.source.urihttps://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1456&context=cjil
dc.titleState-Building in a Post-Colonial Society: The Case of Solomon Islands
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume9
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor160606 - Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4482550xPUB15
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDinnen, Sinclair, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage51
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage78
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T09:30:55Z
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