The Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba (2009)

Interviews with students from Timor Leste, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Nauru who are studying at the Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba. Continue reading “The Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba (2009)”

Solidarity aid: The Cuba-Timor Leste health programme (2008)

This paper considers distinct views of ‘capacity building’ in health aid, using the example of the largest health aid programme in the Asia-Pacific region, the Cuba-Timor Leste health cooperation. By 2008 there were 300 Cuban health workers in Timor Leste, while 850 Timorese students were studying medicine with Cuban trainers. The paper contrasts ‘big money’ neoliberal notions of aid with Cuban notions of solidarity amongst peoples and investment in human resources. Continue reading “Solidarity aid: The Cuba-Timor Leste health programme (2008)”

RAMSI: Intervention, aid trauma and self governance (2008)

The Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was an intervention force requested by the Solomon Islands Government to help stabilise the country after a period of civil strife. It became an experiment in ‘cooperative intervention’ – at a time of uninvited intervention, elsewhere – and exercised the imagination of a number of ‘failed state’ theorists. After more than five years, and with the evaporation of initial rationales that instability in the Solomon Islands might pose a ‘terrorist’ threat, much uncertainty remains over its future. Continue reading “RAMSI: Intervention, aid trauma and self governance (2008)”

Australia’s regional interventions: The antinomies of ‘good governance’ (2007)

This paper examines the antinomies of Australian ‘good governance’: the logical nonsense of regional coerced democracy and carefully tutored economic ‘best practice’. The tension between intervention and independence in the region – particularly with respect to the recent experience of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste – is apparent in the recent Australian regional assistance missions and largely self-serving ‘good governance’ aid programs. Continue reading “Australia’s regional interventions: The antinomies of ‘good governance’ (2007)”

East Timor, Australia and regional order: Intervention and its aftermath in Southeast Asia by James Cotton (2006)

A book review of a collection of essays on the theme of Australian policy towards East Timor with specific reference to the “turnaround” of 1999. Continue reading “East Timor, Australia and regional order: Intervention and its aftermath in Southeast Asia by James Cotton (2006)”

Fond illusions: Some reflections on Australian dependence, Pacific interventions and Indigenous land (2006)

The development of an independent Australian voice and policy seemed promising, and several suggested elements leave us with the fond illusion that one exists. However crippling disabilities stand in the way. Independence might be recognised through the shared and clearly defined institutions of citizenship, mutual support and solidarity. Yet Australian independence has been compromised by imperial dependence and imperial emulation. Continue reading “Fond illusions: Some reflections on Australian dependence, Pacific interventions and Indigenous land (2006)”

Valuation and registration of customary land in Papua New Guinea (2006)

This paper considers what an opportunity cost valuation of customary land can tell us about the pressures for land registration in Papua New Guinea. The discussion here presents a historical perspective on land registration, introduces land disputes and land markets in PNG, explains an opportunity cost valuation of land, and then suggest ways in which such valuations can help us interpret the processes of land registration. Calculations on the economic value of customary land draws on data from pilot surveys of land use in two provinces (Madang and Oro). Continue reading “Valuation and registration of customary land in Papua New Guinea (2006)”

Food security and agriculture in the Australia-East Timor relationship (2006)

This chapter will discuss important conflicts of interest over agricultural development in the Australia-East Timor relationship. East Timor needs to stabilise domestic production, as the central element of its food security strategy. However Australia has a strategic view of global agricultural liberalisation, and uses aid programs to advance these interests. Different approaches to ‘food security’ are linked to distinct interests. This paper discusses those different approaches and their associated agricultural development implications. Continue reading “Food security and agriculture in the Australia-East Timor relationship (2006)”

Ukun Rasik An: More than independence (2002)

Short documentary based on interviews with East Timorese people as their nation prepares for the ‘restoration of independence’ on 20 May 2002 [Independence was first declared in 1975]. The video ends with footage of the 2002 celebrations. Music: ‘O Cabalo Azul’ by Carlos Nuñez and friends. Continue reading “Ukun Rasik An: More than independence (2002)”