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Title: Coups, conflicts, and crises : the new Pacific way? 
Author: Finin, Gerard A.; Wesley-Smith, Terence
Date: 2000
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: Political takeovers in Fiji and the Solomon Islands are still unfolding. These crises are very much related, but not in the ways commonly assumed. Too often reduced by popular media to "racially charged cauldrons" where primordial "ethnic resentments" have suddenly boiled over to produce turmoil, the problems these societies face are actually rooted in a specific set of historical and contemporary circumstances. The legacies of colonial rule, the lingering effects of Cold War politics, and the erosive forces of globalization, as well as the policies pursued in recent decades by Pacific Island governments themselves, have all contributed to the challenges confronting island societies today.

This just-released analysis examines the complex roots of these ongoing national emergencies and places them in a larger regional context, including the obligations of the international community.
Series/Report No.: East-West Center working papers. Pacific Islands development series ; no. 13
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Pages/Duration: 28 p.
LC Subject Headings: Fiji - Politics and government
Solomon Islands - Politics and government

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