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Lending a fist? Australia's new interventionism in the Southwest Pacific

Dinnen, Sinclair

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[Conclusion]: In conclusion, Canberras renewed engagement with its Pacific neighbours is a welcome and timely development. A major window of opportunity has opened. There is a significant role for external assistance in helping address many of the difficulties experienced in parts of the region. The success to date of the Australian-led intervention in the Solomon Islands provides ample evidence of what can be achieved. At the same time, assistance needs to be grounded in a thorough...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDinnen, Sinclair
dc.date.accessioned2004-09-16
dc.date.accessioned2004-09-28T05:09:56Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:33:41Z
dc.date.available2004-09-28T05:09:56Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:33:41Z
dc.identifier.citationDinnen, S.(2004). Lending a fist? Australia's new interventionism in the Southwest Pacific. SSGM Discussion Paper 2004/5. Canberra, ACT: ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program
dc.identifier.issn1328-7854
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/42136
dc.description.abstract[Conclusion]: In conclusion, Canberras renewed engagement with its Pacific neighbours is a welcome and timely development. A major window of opportunity has opened. There is a significant role for external assistance in helping address many of the difficulties experienced in parts of the region. The success to date of the Australian-led intervention in the Solomon Islands provides ample evidence of what can be achieved. At the same time, assistance needs to be grounded in a thorough understanding of the socio-economic and political complexities of the recipient countries. Outstanding challenges of governance require sustained engagement and are not susceptible to quick or easy solutions. Many aspects of the fragility of the postcolonial states in the Solomon Islands and PNG reflect their particular histories and the weakness of their articulation with their domestic societies. Current problems cannot simply be attributed to the mendacity of a handful of incompetent or corrupt leaders. Nor can they be resolved through an exclusive focus on strengthening the principal institutions of state. Non-state resources also need to be acknowledged and, where appropriate, mobilised in the larger processes of building state and nation. This requires that greater weight be given to local circumstances, knowledge and expertise. The most difficult challenge of all remains that of long-term sustainability.
dc.description.sponsorshipAusAID
dc.format.extent10 pages
dc.format.extent335205 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper (The Australian National University, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program): 2004/5
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.rightsThe permission is archived ERMS2230096
dc.source.urihttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/ssgm-research-communication/discussion-paper-series
dc.subjectECP
dc.subjectAustralia
dc.subjectinterventionism
dc.subjectlaw and justice reform
dc.subjectstrategic priorities
dc.subjectgovernance
dc.subjectsecurity
dc.subjectstability
dc.subjectAustralian aid program
dc.subjectRAMSI
dc.subjectRegional Australian Mission to the Solomon Islands
dc.subjectEnhanced Cooperation Program
dc.subjectSouthwest Pacific
dc.subjectPapua New Guinea
dc.subjectSolomon Islands
dc.titleLending a fist? Australia's new interventionism in the Southwest Pacific
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationyear2004
local.identifier.eprintid2790
local.rights.ispublishedyes
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub6445
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationState Society and Governance in Melanesia Project, RSPAS
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.description.embargoFunding information: AusAID
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage10
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5f2002b88e5b8
dc.date.updated2020-11-22T07:19:16Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program

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