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  1. Almo
    Almo January 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I predict Dame Meg Taylor will be appointed Secretary General of the PIFS. Oh hang on….

  2. Shailendra Singh
    Shailendra Singh January 12, 2015 at 1:36 am

    My research interest is the relationship between media, politics, social conflict and development in the Pacific. The discussion about political stability likely to be the stand-out issue in 2015 caught my attention.

    Instability and violent conflict are rightly seen by some as a major threat towards the achievement of millenium development goals, and a drawback for Australia’s $1billion regional aid program, especially in Melanesia.

    Fiji is curbing the media in the name of social stability, with other island nations showing a keen interest in how this pans out, before following suit. Depending on how things unfold, there could be short and long term repercussions for good governance and development.

    Some believe in, ‘development first, media freedom later’, but the link is fuzzy at best, and may not be sound doctrine for the region.

    1. Tess Newton Cain
      Tess Newton Cain January 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Hi Shailendra

      The point that you raise is an important and interesting one. Looking around the region we can see numerous instances of ‘stability’ being prioritised (both in terms of rhetoric and practice) and one of the ways this plays out is in relations between the state and the media – both mainstream media and online spaces such as blogs and Facebook groups.

      My feeling is that development is a process not a product so all countries are always developing and the roles played by the media are a part of that journey.

      Thanks for adding your thinking to this discussion

  3. Paul K.
    Paul K. January 9, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Excellent review of what’s ahead; 2015 begins the first year in many when all 26 or so Pacific Islands states, territories and areas with self government have elected leadership.
    One hopes this tremendous accomplishment will magnify the potential achievements of regional bodies, but also local community-economic decision making.

    1. Tess Newton Cain
      Tess Newton Cain January 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Paul

      You make a good point and I think we will see more this year that will illustrate that in terms of establishing, embedding and maintaining democratic culture in the states of the Pacific, elections are necessary but far from sufficient

  4. fuimaono tuiasau
    fuimaono tuiasau January 7, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Malo Tess

    Thank you again for your insightful comments,

    My predictions are more economic in focus and include PACER negotiations meandering along, the battles and tensions to protect local producers and companies vs policies to reduce trade and business barriers – the ADB/IMF imperatives, the consequences of TPP for the nations IN the region, the massive investment drives into the region by the Asean countries (high tech outputs, low rates of local labour), lack of leadership on regional transport and freight issues, declining national pacific populations (+brain drain). I think these will set the parameters for growth in the region, with the political issues you mention, for years to come…

    Manuia le tausaga fou

    1. Tess Newton Cain
      Tess Newton Cain January 7, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Malo Fuimaono

      I deliberately left the economic predictions to the economists!! I think all of the points you raise are important and I would particularly like to know more about the impact of the TPP in the region as this is something I have not seen examined meaningfully up to now.

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