Intervention and State-Building in the Pacific: The Legitimacy of 'Co-Operative Intervention' (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis)

Intervention and State-Building in the Pacific: The Legitimacy of 'Co-Operative Intervention' (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis)

By: Greg Fry (editor), Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka (editor), Alan Rutter (contributor), Peter Lawler (series_editor), Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet (series_editor)Hardback

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State-building intervention in weak, war-torn or failing states has become a priority for the international community. However, the question of how to legitimately engage in the shaping of national governance remains, at the very least, a vexed one. This book explores this key issue through a critical examination of a new model of state-building intervention which has recently emerged in relation to the Pacific 'arc of crisis'. Initiated by the Australian Government in 2003, this 'cooperative intervention' doctrine, built on declared principles of partnership and respect for sovereignty, seems to offer a legitimate way to engage in state-building intervention. Drawing on a group of distinguished Pacific specialists, this book mounts a critique of these claims, showing how international legitimacy does not automatically translate into political legitimacy among those in the affected societies; and how the attempt to legitimise the intervention internationally may actually work against such legitimacy in the recipient state. These insights will be of value to those interested in public policy studies, international law, development studies and international relations.

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Greg Fry is Hedley Bull Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies in International Affairs in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka is Research Fellow at the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program


Contributors Preface Abbreviations 1. Political legitimacy and state-building intervention in the Pacific - Greg Fry and Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka 2. Altered states: the politics of state failure and regional intervention - Terence Wesley-Smith 3. Australia's intervention policy: a Melanesian learning curve? -Graeme Dobell 4. 'Our patch': the war on terror and the new interventionism - Greg Fry 5. Australia's new assertiveness in the Pacific: the view from 'the backyard' - Steven Ratuva 6. Beyond state-centrism: external solutions and the governance of security in Melanesia - Sinclair Dinnen 7. The new regionalism and its contradictions - Stewart Firth 8. The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in global perspective - Iris Wielders 9. Intervention and nation-building in Solomon Islands: local responses - Gordon Leua Nanau 10. Cooperation between Australia and Papua New Guinea: 'enhanced' or enforced? - Allan Patience 11. The Bougainville intervention: political legitimacy and sustainable peace-building - Anthony Regan 12. Towards legitimate engagement - Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka and Greg Fry References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/05/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780719076831
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780719076831
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 0719076838

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