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Title: The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2005-2006
Contributor(s): von Strokirch, Karin Helena (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1353/cp.2007.0068
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Abstract: Violent upheavals took place in the Pacific Islands in 2006 -- the Chinatown riots in Solomon Islands midyear, then "pro-democracy" riots in Tonga in November, and the Fiji coup mounted by Commodore Frank Bainimarama at year's end. To varying degrees, these events caused political instability and immense damage to property and the economy (notably tourism), and tore the fabric of society. The scenes were reminiscent of the 2000 coups in Suva and Honiara. Recent events provoked a similar response, with regional nations, mainly Australia and New Zealand, sending forces to quell the riots in Honiara and Nuku'alofa, while the Fiji coup attracted condemnation and sanctions. Generic factors contributing to security crises and the regional mechanisms for responding to them were addressed in an earlier review (von Strokirch 2001). National reviews elsewhere in this journal address the specific causes and consequences of the 2006 events. This review focuses on region-wide challenges to sustainable development and the role of Northeast Asian states.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Contemporary Pacific, 19(2), p. 552-577
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Place of Publication: Honolulu, United States of America
ISSN: 1527-9464
Field of Research (FOR): 200210 Pacific Cultural Studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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