Past events

16
May
2016

Nauru’s Retreat from Democracy

Stewart Firth

Nauru’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law has recently come under question. The Nauru government, under president Baron Waqa and justice minister David Adeang, moved quickly after its...

06
May
2016

Reporting corruption in Papua New Guinea’s public financial management system

Amanda H A Watson and Colin Wiltshire

For Papua New Guinea (PNG) to achieve its development aspirations, effective utilisation of public expenditure is essential. However, significant weaknesses exist in PNG’s decentralised political...

‘Beyond Next Tomorrow’: An Examination of Urban Male Youth in Solomon Islands (Thesis Proposal Review)
02
May
2016

‘Beyond Next Tomorrow’: An Examination of Urban Male Youth in Solomon Islands (Thesis Proposal Review)

Daniel Evans

Accounts of male urban youth within Solomon Islands, like much of Melanesia, frequently tend towards apocryphal depictions of listless, troublesome and disengaged young men. Similar to other post-...

28
Apr
2016

Leadership challenges of Autonomous Government

The Hon Patrick Nisira MP, Vice President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville is at a critical juncture. Still dealing with the debilitating effects of an at times brutal civil conflict from 1988 to 1997, the Autonomous...

The Hon. Sir Julius Chan M
17
Mar
2016

Playing the Game: the memoirs of Grand Chief Sir Julius Chan

The Hon. Sir Julius Chan MP GCL GCMG KBE CBE, Governor, New Ireland Province PNG; His Excellency Mr Charles Lepani, PNG's High Commissioner to Australia; Mr Bill Farmer AO, Former High Commissioner to PNG

Born on a remote island to a migrant Chinese father and an indigenous mother, Sir Julius Chan overcame poverty, discrimination and family tragedy to become one of Papua New Guinea's longest-serving...

Professor Rajesh Chandra
08
Mar
2016

Pacific Regionalism and Higher Education

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor, University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has a multi-facet role in the Pacific region.  Besides its core function as a provider of tertiary higher education and research in the region, it also plays...

Alina Rocha Menocal
09
Feb
2016

Emerging democracies: Rising to the challenge

Alina Rocha Menocal

Few questions in international development and comparative politics have generated as much debate and scholarship as that exploring the relationship between democracy and development. The...

04
Dec
2015

How Change Happens, with reflections from Melanesia

Duncan Green

Duncan Green, Oxfam GB Strategic Adviser, is in Australia for consultations on the recently released draft version of his most recent book How Change Happens.

During this seminar Duncan will...

02
Dec
2015

'After liberal peace': public keynote lecture as part of the workshop on ‘hybridity: history, power and scale’

Professor Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester

Work on peace and its development during the 2000s, drawing on peace and state building examples from around the world, now looks rather dated. Such work concluded with some thoughts on the potential...

Dr. Bates Gill
26
Nov
2015

Convergence and divergence: the paradox of US-China relations

Dr. Bates Gill, Visiting Professor, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

The US-China relationship - arguably the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world - is defined by an abiding paradox: while the two countries have never been so interdependent nor...

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