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From failure, opportunity beckons.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a multinational trade and investment accord involving eleven Pacific Rim countries other than the US, is seen as a blow to hopes for a freer flow of goods and services in the Asia-Pacific Region. In this analytic brief we look at the potential opportunities presented […]

Political Risk and Sustainable Enterprise.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Boomslang canopy walkway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa.   The terms “political risk” and “sustainable enterprise” are not often associated. They should be. The degree of sustainability of an enterprise has direct and long- term cultural, economic, social and political ramifications for the communities in which it is located. The less sustainable the […]

Analytic Brief: Fiji’s strategic pivot.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with Fijian Prime Minister Voreque “Frank” Bainimarama. Source: Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs Last week Fiji took delivery of a shipment of Russian weapons that were “donated” by Russia pursuant to a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in February 2015. The Fijians say that the weapons are […]

Analysis: New Zealand’s United Nations Security Council Bid

Written by Paul Buchanan on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Analysis: New Zealand’s United Nations Security Council Bid. 36th Parallel Assessments – Analysis By Dr Paul G. Buchanan Introduction:On May 24, 2012the foreign ministers of the United States of America and New Zealand met for bilateral meetings after the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Chicago. Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar were topics of discussion, but […]

Interview: Pacific Geopolitics Reshapes As Melanesians Assert Security Autonomy

Written by Selwyn Manning on Friday, April 13th, 2012

Interview: Pacific Geopolitics Reshapes As Melanesians Assert Security Autonomy Glenn Williams interviews 36th-Parallel.com’s Selwyn Manning on why Melanesian leaders have asserted from a security sense an independence and autonomy that renders Australia and New Zealand almost redundant in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu. Melanesia’s solidarity-move counters what can be perceived as a weak […]

Weekly Analysis: Managing Corruption in the South Pacific

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Weekly Analysis: Managing Corruption in the South Pacific Analysis and Forecast – By Dr. Paul G. Buchanan. Although it is unfortunate to say so, corruption is a major feature of South Pacific life. It is pervasive, endemic, often culturally rooted but now aggravated by the presence of external actors intent on securing material or political […]

Extended Interview: 95bFM’s Simon Maude IVs Selwyn Manning on ANZ Common Currency + Melanesia Sets Up Security Force

Written by Selwyn Manning on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Extended Interview: 95bFM’s Simon Maude IVs Selwyn Manning on ANZ Common Currency + Melanesia Sets Up Security Force 95bFM The Wire: Selwyn Manning & Simon On ANZ Common Currency + Melanesia’s newly established a security force called The Legion. Is it feasible for Australia and New Zealand to create a single common currency? What are […]

Interview: Glenn Williams IVs Paul Buchanan On How Corrupt Is The South/West Pacific

Written by 36th Parallel on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Eye On The World: Paul Buchanan & Glenn Williams On How Corrupt Is The South/West Pacific 36th-Parallel’s Paul Buchanan and Glenn Williams discuss how South/West Pacific nations are largely considered as corrupt by Transparency International. Why is this so? See Also: 36th Parallel Weekly Analysis by Paul G. Buchanan – Managing Corruption In The South […]

Melanesia’s Leaders Approve Security Force & Position MSG Bloc To Interact With Global Bodies

Written by Selwyn Manning on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Melanesia’s Leaders Approve Security Force & Position MSG Bloc To Interact Directly With Global Bodies 36th Parallel Analysis and Forecast – By Selwyn Manning. Late on Friday March 30 Melanesia’s leaders emerged from their annual summit resolute that security and progress will best be achieved by forming a stronger and secure regional bloc. Melanesia’s solidarity-move […]

Weekly Analysis: Bob Carr’s Ascension As Australia Minister of Foreign Affairs (updated)

Written by Selwyn Manning on Friday, March 9th, 2012

Weekly Analysis: Bob Carr’s Ascension As Australia Minister of Foreign Affairs (updated) 36th-Parallel Analysis. Former New South Wales Premiere Bob Carr’s appointment as the Australia Federal Government’s foreign minister is controversial but does not detract from his ability to tackle the portfolio and progress a foreign policy that returns Australia to a state of significance […]

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