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The New Pacific Diplomacy

List of Contributors

Transform Aqorau is Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Previously, he worked in the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency as Legal Counsel and Deputy Director, as Legal Adviser to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and Legal Adviser and Deputy Secretary in the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Papua New Guinea, Masters of Law from the University of British Columbia (Canada), and PhD in Law from the University of Wollongong.

Nicola Baker is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific. She was formerly Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Australian Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales. Her publications include the co-authored Making Sense of War: Strategy for the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

George Carter is a PhD candidate at The Australian National University studying regional blocs in climate change and sustainable development negotiations. He was formerly a Political/State Program Adviser in the US Embassy in Apia, Samoa.

Greg Fry is Academic Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Diplomacy and International Affairs at the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. He was Director of Studies, Graduate Studies in International Affairs, at The Australian National University from 1988–2011. His publications focus on the international politics of the South Pacific region; the politics of regional and national governance in the South Pacific; and conflict and conflict resolution in the Pacific Island states. 

Suzanne Lowe Gallen is a postgraduate scholar in Development Studies at the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. She was formerly Assistant Director for Compact Management within the Federated States of Micronesia National Government. Prior to this, Suzanne was a Foreign Service Officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for American Affairs at the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Foreign Affairs. Suzanne majored in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, then later undertook postgraduate studies in Diplomacy at the University of Oxford.

Nicollette Goulding is a postgraduate scholar in Diplomacy and International Affairs, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change from the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at the University of the South Pacific. She is Monitoring and Evaluation Project Assistant for the SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region Programme at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Makereta Komai is editor of the regional news agency PACNEWS, owned by the Pacific Islands News Association. She is a postgraduate scholar in Diplomacy and International Affairs, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. She has a broadcasting background, having worked as senior political reporter for Fiji Television (1996–1999) and desk sub-editor for the Fiji Broadcasting Commission (1989–1996). She has been involved with South Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s Regional Media Outreach Programme as a trainer and as a mentor for young journalists.

Nic Maclellan is a journalist and researcher. He is a correspondent for Islands Business magazine (Fiji) and has contributed as a broadcaster and journalist to Radio Australia, ABC’s The Drum, Tahiti-Pacifique, The Contemporary Pacific, and other regional media. He is co-author of La France dans le Pacifique: de Bougainville à Moruroa (Editions La Découverte, Paris, 1992), After Moruroa—France in the South Pacific (Ocean Press, 1998) and Kirisimasi (PCRC, Suva, 1999).

Fulori Manoa is a postgraduate scholar in International Affairs, in the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. She was formerly a teaching assistant in Ethics and Governance at the University of the South Pacific. Her postgraduate research has focused on Pacific diplomacy at the United Nations, particularly the issue of sustainable development.

Sovaia Marawa is a postgraduate scholar in Diplomacy and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific, where her research has focused on Melanesian diplomacy on the free trade area. She is also Deputy Secretary of Trade and Investment in the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Director of Trade.

Litia Mawi has been Fiji’s Roving Ambassador/High Commissioner to the Pacific (Micronesia and Polynesia) and Fiji’s Special Envoy to the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific Agencies since 2011, following a 12-month stint as a UN International Volunteer Specialist in AID Management in the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Tuvalu. Prior to that, she served as Permanent Secretary in Fiji’s Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development and Housing, and in the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation.

Wesley Morgan is the Pacific Policy Adviser for Oxfam, based in Suva. His PhD from the University of Melbourne focused on the Pacific’s trade diplomacy.

Tess Newton Cain is an independent Pacific analyst who has lived in Vanuatu and worked in the region for almost 20 years. She is a former lecturer in law at the University of the South Pacific and is currently a Visiting Fellow to the Development Policy Centre of The Australian National University. She is co-author of Introduction to South Pacific Law (Cavendish Publishing Limited, 1999), and co-editor of Passage of Change: Law, Society and Governance in the Pacific (ANU E Press, 2010) and A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands (ANU E Press, 2010). She is the founder of the Devpacific Thinknet.

Michael O’Keefe is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University, where he is also Convenor of the BA International Relations. He is a regular lecturer in the postgraduate program in Diplomacy at the University of Fiji and an occasional contributor to Islands Business.

Maureen Penjueli is Coordinator of Pacific Network on Globalisation, based in Suva. She was formerly a team leader with Greenpeace. Her advocacy and published writing focuses on trade justice, seabed mining, investment and decolonisation.

Henry Puna has been Prime Minister of Cook Islands since 2010. The Hon. Mr Puna studied law at Auckland University and the University of Tasmania before returning to practice law in the Cook Islands. He was chair of the Pacific Islands Forum 2012–2013.

Claire Slatter teaches Politics and Governance at the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. She is a founding member and current Board Chair of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, and a founding member of the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum in Fiji. Her research interests include the politics of economic and trade liberalisation in Pacific Island states, regional development, and economic and gender justice.

Sir Michael Somare, GCL, GCMG, CH, CF, KStJ, PC, MP, was Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea from 2002–2011. He had previously been Prime Minister from independence in 1975 until 1980, and again from 1982 until 1985.

Jope Tarai is a postgraduate scholar and Graduate Assistant, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. His research focuses on Pacific tuna diplomacy negotiations with the United States.

Sandra Tarte is Head of the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, the University of the South Pacific. She specialises in the international politics of the Pacific Islands region and is the author of Japan’s Aid Diplomacy and the Pacific Islands (Asia Pacific Press, The Australian National University, 1998). She has written widely on regional cooperation in the Pacific, with a focus on fisheries management and conservation.

Kaliopate Tavola is a Fijian consultant and commentator on regional affairs. He was High Level Representative of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and was Minister of Foreign Affairs for Fiji from 2000–2006. He was Leader of the Forum Eminent Persons Group charged with reviewing RAMSI and lead negotiator for the Pacific group in EPA negotiations with European Union. He began his diplomatic career in 1984 as Counsellor in London, before becoming Ambassador to Brussels from 1988–1998 focusing on Fiji’s relations with the EU, and WTO.

Dame Meg Taylor is Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. She received her LLB from Melbourne University, and her LLM from Harvard University. She practiced law in Papua New Guinea and served as a member of the Law Reform Commission. She was Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States, Mexico and Canada in Washington, DC, from 1989–1994. She is co-founder of Conservation Melanesia and has served on the boards of international conservation and research organisations. In addition, she has served as a board member of a number of companies in Papua New Guinea in the natural resources, financial, and agricultural sectors. Meg Taylor was appointed to the post of Vice President of the World Bank Group in 1999.

Anote Tong is President of Kiribati. He studied at University of Canterbury and the London School of Economics. He was first elected president in 2003, and was re-elected in 2007 and 2012.


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