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The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2008

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2008 Throughout 2008, Pacifi c regional- the use of a PNG military fl ight to ism was buffeted by a series of cri- transport Moti to Solomon Islands to ses. Regional unity was stressed by avoid Moti’s extradition to Austra- administrative, budgetary, and leader- lia. Fiji’s interim administration was ship problems in intergovernmental angry over “smart sanctions” intro- agencies; by tensions between Pacifi c duced by Australia and New Zealand, Islands Forum member countries over and John Howard’s refusal to act on climate change and trade; and by global warming dismayed the small unresolved debate over the relation- island states that are already suffering ship between the Forum and Fiji, after adverse climate impacts. the 2006 coup led by Commodore In 2008, regular diplomatic visits Voreqe Bainimarama. by new Foreign Minister Stephen At the same time, elections in Smith and parliamentary secretaries Australia (November 2007), New Bob McMullan (for aid) and Duncan Zealand (November 2008), and the Kerr (for Pacifi c Island affairs) have United States (November 2008) have reinforced key policy decisions by the transformed the regional landscape, as Rudd government. These changes— the incoming governments push new some symbolic, some substantial— policies on development assistance, have changed the 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, 2008

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (2) – Aug 29, 2009

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2008 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

Throughout 2008, Pacifi c regional- the use of a PNG military fl ight to ism was buffeted by a series of cri- transport Moti to Solomon Islands to ses. Regional unity was stressed by avoid Moti’s extradition to Austra- administrative, budgetary, and leader- lia. Fiji’s interim administration was ship problems in intergovernmental angry over “smart sanctions” intro- agencies; by tensions between Pacifi c duced by Australia and New Zealand, Islands Forum member countries over and John Howard’s refusal to act on climate change and trade; and by global warming dismayed the small unresolved debate over the relation- island states that are already suffering ship between the Forum and Fiji, after adverse climate impacts. the 2006 coup led by Commodore In 2008, regular diplomatic visits Voreqe Bainimarama. by new Foreign Minister Stephen At the same time, elections in Smith and parliamentary secretaries Australia (November 2007), New Bob McMullan (for aid) and Duncan Zealand (November 2008), and the Kerr (for Pacifi c Island affairs) have United States (November 2008) have reinforced key policy decisions by the transformed the regional landscape, as Rudd government. These changes— the incoming governments push new some symbolic, some substantial— policies on development assistance, have changed the

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Published: Aug 29, 2009

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