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Current issues in the Solomon Islands:
South Pacific regional security and Australian interventionism

[Note 1:  In April 2006, elections in the Solomon Islands resulting in the election of Snyder Rini as Prime Minister, was followed immediately by scenes of civil unrest and protest that within hours escalated to widespread looting and arson of Chinese owned business interests in Honiara.  The following reading list was compiled by Peter Murgatroyd, former USP Law Librarian, and was last updated in 2005. For more items relating to the Solomon Islands see the Pacific Law Blog]

** Note 2: The journal of Pacific History Vol. 42 No. 2 also contains several useful articles of the political situation in the Solomon Islands - go to http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g768374131 and access relevant full text articles from the contents page.


Aqorau, Transfom  Solomon Islands economic recovery: a people's approach to economic development
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Alasia, Sam    Party politics and government in Solomon Islands
Alt. cit: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/melanesia/alasia97_7.html

Australian Strategic Policy Institute    Our failing neighbour: Australia and the future of the Solomon Islands
Alt. cite: http://www.mrcltd.org.au/uploaded_documents/southpacificlecture.pdf

Bennett, Judith  Roots of conflict in the Solomon Islands: though much is taken, much abides:  legacies of tradition and colonialism
Alt. cite: http://eprints.anu.edu.au/archive/00002123/01/bennett02-5.pdf

Brown, Terry  Ten ways Australia and New Zealand can help the Solomon Islands
Alt. cite: http://www.anglican.org.nz/news/Solomons-10ways.htm

Chand, Satish  Conflict to crisis in Solomon Islands
Alt. cite: http://peb.anu.edu.au/pdf/PEB17-1chand.pdf   

Chand, Satish  The development challenge in Solomon Islands
Alt. cite: http://peb.anu.edu.au/pdf/SI Update 2003 - chand.pdf  

Chand, Satish  Solomon Islands - The challenge of development
Alt. cite: http://peb.anu.edu.au/pdf/pacificupdate2004-chand.pdf

Chetwynd, David  Judicial independence and integrity

Dobell, Graeme  Australian security in the 21st century seminar series: The South Pacific - policy taboos, popular amnesia, and political failure
Alt. cite: http://www.mrcltd.org.au/uploaded_documents/southpacificlecture.pdf

Dusevic, Tom After the storm: an Australian-led rescue mission has stopped the bloodshed - but the job of rebuilding Solomon Islands has only just begun. [Time Dec. 6 2004 - Pacific ed.]
Alt. cite: http://www.time.com/time/pacific/magazine/article/0,13673,503041206-833139,00.html

Fickling, David  The bad old days of colonialism
Alt. cite: http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1002634,00.html

Finin, Gerard  Coups, conflicts and crises: the new Pacific way?
Alt. cite: http://eastwestcenter.org/res-rp-publicationdetails.asp?pub_ID=1016

Goff, Phil  A move to succeed where colonial powers failed
Alt. cite: http://www.mft.govt.nz/foreign/regions/pacific/pif03/speeches/goffcomment.html

Fono, Fred  Solomon Islands: current issues and politics [Transcription of SSGM seminar 14 September 2001]
Alt. cite: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/melanesia/PDF/FredFonotranscription.pdf 

Foukona, J  State powers and institutions in Solomon Islands' developing democracy
Alt. cite: http://www.cdi.anu.edu.au/asia_pacific/asia_downloads/PacFut.Foukona.pdf

Gray, George  HABUNA MOMORUQU (THE BLOOD OF MY ISLAND): Violence and the Guadalcanal Uprising in Solomon Islands
Alt. cite: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/melanesia/RTF/Tanis-Gray.rtf

Hanson, Fergus  Promoting a pacific Pacific: a functional proposal for regional security in the Pacific islands.
Alt. cite: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/mjil/issues/currentFiles/10Hanson2.pdf

Hegarty, David et al  Rebuilding State and Nation in Solomon Islands: Policy Options for the Regional Assistance Mission
Cite: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/papers/melanesia/discussion_papers/04_02_dp_hegarty_etal.pdf

Henderson, John  Prospects for further military intervention in Melanesian politics

Hughes,  Helen  Aid has failed the Pacific
Alt. cite: http://www.cis.org.au/

    Goff, Phil  How aid works [response to Hughes Report]
    Alt. cite: http://www.mft.govt.nz/foreign/regions/pacific/pif03/speeches/howaidworks.html
    AusAid  Why our aid to the Pacific is so important [response to Hughes Report]

    Alt. cite: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/hottopics/topic.cfm?Id=2157_7967_5228_415_6958
Hughes, Helen  Jobs for real men answer in the Solomon Islands

Hughes, Helen The Pacific is viable
Alt. cite: http://www.cis.org.au/IssueAnalysis/ia53/IA53.pdf

Kabutaulaka, Tarcisius Tara  Beyond ethnicity: understanding the crisis in the Solomon Islands

Alt. cite: http://journalism.uts.edu.au/archive/fiji_coup/beyondethnicity.html

Kabutaulaka, Tarcisius Tara "Failed state" and the War on Terror: Intervention in Solomon Islands

Kabutaulaka, Tarcisius Tara 
Learning The Solomons Intervention Tap Dance
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Keith-Reid, Robert 
Britain’s Foundering Legacy In The Solomons
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Lilo, Gordon D'Arcy Hard times ahead? issues and reform in Solomon Islands public finance
Alt.cite: http://peb.anu.edu.au/pdf/lilo2000.pdf

Naitoro, John Solomon Islands conflict: demands for historical rectification and restorative justice
Alt. cite: http://peb.anu.edu.au/pdf/naitoro2000.pdf

Nanau, Gordon  Uniting the fragments: Solomon Islands constitutional reforms

Alt. cite: http://www.fdc.org.au/files/nanau-2.pdf  

O'Callaghan, Mary-Louise  Solomon Islands crisis dates back to hasty British handover

Alt. cite: http://www.hellopacific.com/news/general/news/2003/07/07/q.html

Stewart, Firth  Reflection on South Pacific regional security, mid 2000 - mid 2001

RAMSI Details see http://www.ausaid.gov.au/hottopics/solomon/solomons_ramsi_details.cfm
    see also
Mission helpem fren: a review of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands [May 2005]

Rebuilding State and Nation in Solomon Islands: Policy Options for the Regional Assistance Mission. Canberra: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Project, RSPAS, ANU. Discussion Paper 2004/2.

Rodrigues,  Charmaine  Solomon Islands: the challenge of democracy
Alt. cite: www.humanrightsinitiative.org/.../nl/articles/ solomon_island/the_challenge_of_democracy_winter_2003.pdf  

Roughan, John  Social tensions creeping back into the Solomon Islands
Alt. cite: http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2004/May/05-28-com.htm

Roughan, John  various commentaries on issues in the Solomon Islands hosted by Dev-Zone.org

Short, Frank  Not all Solomons police are corrupt

SIBC  various commentaries on issues in the Solomon Islands hosted by the SIBC (incl. John Roughan, Frank Short, Geoffrey Kaka, Andrew Nori)

Sore, Rence Why Solomon Islands must save its 'nationhood'
Alt. cite: http://peb.anu.edu.au/pdf/sore2000.pdf

Tauopongu, John et al.  The Solomon Islands Townsville Peace Agreement: Trading human rights for peace?

Tingle, Laura  PM reveals radical plan for the Pacific

Tribute to 'messengers of peace'

Tuhanuku, Joses  Solomon Islands - on the crossroad and in need of the wisdom of King Solomon
Alt. cite: http://peb.anu.edu.au/pdf/Tuhanuku2000.pdf

see also The Townsville Peace Agreement
Alt. cite: http://www.vanuatu.usp.ac.fj/pactreaties/Treaties_etc/Townsville_Peace_Agt.html

see also The Biketawa Declaration

see also
    Draft Federal Constitution of the Solomon Islands plus Explanatory Notes and Implications of Constitutional Reform.

see also Australian Government.  Pacific Regional Aid Strategy 2004-2009
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see also 'A Pacific engaged: Australia’s relations with Papua New Guinea and the island states of the south–west Pacific' : Report from the
Australian Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade 12 August 2003.
Alt. cite: www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/fadt_ctte/png/report/  

see also Pacific Islands Report (News) ; PacNews ; Today's Pacific News (from RNZI) ; PINA (Pacific) News
see also Pacific Law Journal Index


Last Updated on: Thursday, 20 April 2006