AFBC NEWS : 20th Apr 2016

State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program releases its latest discussion papers.

State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific releases its latest discussion papers on the Pacific region.

— By State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Various Authors

One of the most vibrant units in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) is arguably Australia’s foremost centre for multi-disciplinary research on contemporary Melanesia, Timor-Leste and the wider Pacific. SSGM conducts policy-relevant research and advanced analysis of social change, governance, development, politics and state-society relations in this region, and comprises the most significant concentration of scholars working on these issues anywhere in the world.

Here are some of the latest Pacific-relevant discussion papers from the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program.

Sports Diplomacy in the Pacific: Developing Pacific Rugby League Elite Athletes for Diplomacy and Development by Roannie Ng Shiu

This In Brief focuses on the potential and actual use of Pacific elite athletes in supporting diplomacy and development activities in the Pacific region using the National Rugby League (NRL) as a prime example. I argue that although Pacific elite athletes are well placed to promote and publicise Pacific diplomatic sports events and development programs, the choice of athletes needs to be carefully considered and athletes should have some understanding and interest in Pacific social issues.

Urban Politics in Melanesia: Shallow Roots by Julien Barbara and Meg Keen

This In Brief considers why the rapid growth of cities is failing to translate into greater political pressure for urban investment and more equitable representation.

The Highest Glass Ceiling — Women, Politics and Executive Power in the Pacific by Kerryn Baker

This In Brief looks at the significance of Heine’s achievement in the context of the study of Pacific women in politics.

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