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The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2003

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2003 The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2003 This year’s review focuses on Austral- and thereby dispel concerns about ian policy toward the Pacific Islands, a “big brother syndrome” (fadtr as there were important develop- 2003, 156, 158). The current govern- ments concerning Canberra’s role in ment was criticized for its inattention regional security and in the Pacific to the region and its disregard for Islands Forum. Because Australia is cultivating relations with Pacific the region’s primary aid donor and leaders. In this respect Howard’s leads in setting the political agenda, absences from the Forum early in his shifts in its national policy warrant tenure were noted. Overall the report careful consideration. In 2003 Aus- reflected a perceived need for greater tralian Prime Minister John Howard engagement with the region on the took unprecedented interest in the part of Australian ministers and region. He became much more parliamentarians. assertive in pursuing Australia’s Australia’s policy of processing agenda for the microstates, notably asylum seekers in the microstates, with regard to intervening in Solo- otherwise known as the Pacific Solu- mon Islands, advocating good gover- tion, also came under fire (see von nance, and taking measures against Strokirch 2002). It http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2003

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 16 (2) – Aug 31, 2004

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2004 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2003 This year’s review focuses on Austral- and thereby dispel concerns about ian policy toward the Pacific Islands, a “big brother syndrome” (fadtr as there were important develop- 2003, 156, 158). The current govern- ments concerning Canberra’s role in ment was criticized for its inattention regional security and in the Pacific to the region and its disregard for Islands Forum. Because Australia is cultivating relations with Pacific the region’s primary aid donor and leaders. In this respect Howard’s leads in setting the political agenda, absences from the Forum early in his shifts in its national policy warrant tenure were noted. Overall the report careful consideration. In 2003 Aus- reflected a perceived need for greater tralian Prime Minister John Howard engagement with the region on the took unprecedented interest in the part of Australian ministers and region. He became much more parliamentarians. assertive in pursuing Australia’s Australia’s policy of processing agenda for the microstates, notably asylum seekers in the microstates, with regard to intervening in Solo- otherwise known as the Pacific Solu- mon Islands, advocating good gover- tion, also came under fire (see von nance, and taking measures against Strokirch 2002). It

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Published: Aug 31, 2004

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