politics

Understanding Judicial Independence in Vanuatu

This paper is intended to fill a gap in the literature concerning the Vanuatu judiciary, as this topic is rarely addressed other than in reports by internati

Assessing the shift to limited preferential voting in Papua New Guinea: Money politics

In this, the second in a series of In Briefs considering the success or otherwise of the 2002 reforms to Papua New Guinea's Organic Law on National and L

Jokowi in Papua: Powerless or duplicitous?

This In Brief considers Indonesian President Joko Widodo's policy actions in Papua.

Is Biometric Voter Registration the Way Forward for Melanesia?

Recent experiences in Fiji and Solomon Islands provide examples of roll improvements supported by biometric technology, although the true costs and benefits

Land Politics under Timor-Leste’s New Government

Earlier this year, Xanana Gusmão stepped down as prime minster of Timor-Leste, appointing Dr Rui Araújo, a well-respected member of the opposition, to repl

Papua New Guinea at 40: Signs of a New Political Culture?

In April, Papua New Guinea's (PNG's) Registrar of Political Parties, Dr Alphonse Gelu, suggested that current political stability points to ' the emergence o

Leadership Transition in Timor-Leste: Lessons From Indonesia

After over a year of speculation about government reshuffle and leadership succession, Timorese resistance hero Xanana Gusmão (popularly known by his nom de

Election Observations in Solomon Islands

In November 2014, Solomon Islands conducted its ninth general election since independence.

Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future: Memory Frictions and Nation-Making in Timor-Leste

This Discussion Paper invesitgates state-sponsored memorialisation and commemoration in Timor-Leste and what effect that it has on nation building efforts.

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