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Beyond Life Support? Reflections on Solomon Islands after the Regional Assistance Mission

Allen, Matthew; Dinnen, Sinclair

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The Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands was conceived in the ‘state-building moment’ that informed Western responses to ‘state failure’ over the past two decades. That moment has Now passed with renewed fiscal austerity, growing scepticism with interventionism, and shifts in Australia's regional policy priorities. The decade-long mission, which has recently begun to drawdown, was successful in restoring security to Solomons but less so in its more ambitious...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAllen, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorDinnen, Sinclair
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T22:40:47Z
dc.identifier.issn2050-2680
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/98445
dc.description.abstractThe Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands was conceived in the ‘state-building moment’ that informed Western responses to ‘state failure’ over the past two decades. That moment has Now passed with renewed fiscal austerity, growing scepticism with interventionism, and shifts in Australia's regional policy priorities. The decade-long mission, which has recently begun to drawdown, was successful in restoring security to Solomons but less so in its more ambitious state-building efforts. Among the key constraints has been the mission's inability to influence a more inclusive political settlement. We highlight inherent tensions between instrumentalised approaches to state building and more organic processes of state formation. Looking forward, we consider how external assistance can contribute to state formation while retaining a focus on the ‘life support’ objectives of state building. We sketch some possibilities for hybrid forms of institutional development that might combine strengths from both local and liberal orders
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceAsia & The Pacific Policy Studies
dc.titleBeyond Life Support? Reflections on Solomon Islands after the Regional Assistance Mission
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume3
dc.date.issued2016
local.identifier.absfor160205 - Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
local.identifier.absfor160400 - HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3297900xPUB187
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAllen, Matthew, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDinnen, Sinclair, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage3
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage12
local.identifier.doi10.1002/app5.120
dc.date.updated2020-11-22T07:23:29Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85032830427
local.identifier.thomsonID000372729700002
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