Solomon Islands

Illicit Small Arms in the Pacific: Cause for Concern?

Illicit small arms1 can cause insecurity and instability for populations, governments, and regions alike, whether used in civil disorder, crime or conflict.

Elections and Electoral Quality in Solomon Islands

Despite weak governance, challenging geography, and conflict at the turn of the millennium, Solomon Islands has succeeded in holding eight general elections

Elections Trends in Melanesia and Prospects for the 2014 Solomon Islands Elections

With Solomon Islands due to go to the polls in late 2014, it is timely to reflect on how elections in Melanesia are trending, and what we might expect with t

Developing Young Women’s Collective Action in Vanuatu

Over the past year, I have conducted 38 interviews with young, educated women in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Political Settlement in Solomon Islands: A Political Economic Basis for Stability after RAMSI? | Political Settlement: Part 3

Political settlements and pacts now feature prominentlyin donor narratives about transitions from conflict andinstitutional fragility to peace and prosperity (Hickey2013). Ten years after the Regional Assistance Missionto Solomon Islands (RAMSI) intervention, politicalsettlement analysis offers fresh perspective on corequestions: Are governing arrangements in SolomonIslands stable and sustainable? Where might they beineffective and vulnerable?

The Concept of Political Settlement in Development Policy, and Why it’s Useful | Political Settlement: Part 1

The ‘political settlement’ concept has been around fora long time, but like any smart virus it has morphedalong the way to suit its various hosts. It appeared firstand has its widest currency in the international relationsand peace literature, where it describes a negotiatedsettlement to conflict which spells out how power isto be distributed and managed in the post-conflictstate.1 Its next relevant incarnation, for the purposesof this paper, was in the mid-1990s in the writing ofMushtaq Khan, who used the concept to challenge theexplanations offered by new institutional economics forstate failure in developing countries (Khan 1995). Don’tjust focus on the institutions, he argues, but look to thepolitical settlement.

Electoral Integrity, Citizens and ICT in Melanesia

This year is a landmark year for elections in Solomon Islands and Fiji. In August, Solomon Islands will go to the polls for the first time since the withdrawal of the military component of Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, and the elections will for the first time be based on voter registration undertaken using a biometric roll

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