Beyond Life Support? Reflections on Solomon Islands after the Regional Assistance Mission

Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies

Author/s (editor/s):

Matthew Allen, Sinclair Dinnen

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Journal

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The Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands was conceived in the ‘state-building moment’ that informed Western responses to ‘state failure’ over the past two decades. That moment has Now passed with renewed fiscal austerity, growing scepticism with interventionism, and shifts in Australia's regional policy priorities. The decade-long mission, which has recently begun to drawdown, was successful in restoring security to Solomons but less so in its more ambitious state-building efforts. Among the key constraints has been the mission's inability to influence a more inclusive political settlement.

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