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Fergus Hanson

Entries by Fergus Hanson

What's at Stake in Fiji for Australia, China, and the United States

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 4:36 PM

For more than two decades, Fiji has endured one coup after another. During the latest one, Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrew Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's duly elected but troubled government. Since then, Australia has tried to coerce Fiji back to democracy. The regime's failure to return to the polls, has...

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Fiji's Competing Narratives and Uncertain Future

(7) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 4:33 PM

In a recent conversation with Ambassador Winston Thompson of the Republic of Fiji, the ambassador was asked how he addresses skeptics who believe that Commodore Frank Bainimarama's lifting of martial law was disingenuous. His opening remark, "We can only wait and see." While out of context, this response quite...

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