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Status of Forces Report Part 2: Military Professionalism in the South Pacific.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Status of Forces Report Part 2: Military Professionalism in the South Pacific. 36th Parallel Assessment Series – By Paul G. Buchanan Introduction: In Part One of the the Status of Forces series, 36th Parallel Assessments offered an overview of typologies of military forces and civil-military relations. Designed as an introduction to the subject for readers […]

Arms Smuggling Into PNG From Indonesia As Elections Draw Close

Written by 36th Parallel on Friday, May 11th, 2012

Arms Smuggling Into PNG From Indonesia As Elections Draw Close First published in the Post-Courier and Pacific Scoop (Pacific Media Centre) Report – By Frank Rai in Port Moresby. Police in Vanimo have confirmed a gun running syndicate operating between the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia is smuggling high-powered firearms into the […]

The Papua New Guinea Crisis – Australia and New Zealand’s Challenge

Written by Selwyn Manning on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

The Papua New Guinea Crisis – Australia and New Zealand’s Challenge Weekly Analysis – By Selwyn Manning. As Papua New Guinea struggles to maintain order in the face of two clashing political factions, its two southern neighbors Australia and New Zealand are compelled to tread a soft diplomatic line rather than risk destroying progressive rapprochement with […]

Weekly Analysis: Is Papua New Guinea A Failing State?

Written by Paul Buchanan on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Weekly Analysis: Is Papua New Guinea A Failing State? Analysis and Forecast – by Paul G. Buchanan. The ongoing political crisis in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is what is known in comparative politics as an “impossible game:” all major political actors have the ability to veto their opponent’s projects but none have the ability to […]

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 […]

36th-Parallel Regional News Round-Up – April 12 2012

Written by Selwyn Manning on Thursday, April 12th, 2012

36th-Parallel Regional News Round-Up – April 12 2012 36th Parallel Assessments [RSSjb feed=”feed://36th-parallel.com/feed/” num=”5″ pubdate=”true” excerpt=”false” charex=”250″ list=”ul” target=”_blank” pubauthor=”false”] South East Asia: The Philippines has sent a second ship to a stand-off with two Chinese ships in the South China Sea, even as both sides pledged diplomacy. A coast guard boat will join the […]

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 […]

Security Level B Analysis: Melanesia’s Leaders Approve Security Force

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

Melanesia’s Leaders Approve Security Force & Position MSG Bloc To Interact Directly With Global Bodies 36th Parallel Analysis and Forecast – By Selwyn Manning. Security Level B: 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 […]

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 […]

Analysis: Fiji Regime’s PPP Defence Commercial Arm Targets MSG States

Written by Selwyn Manning on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Fiji Regime’s PPP Defence Commercial Arm Targets MSG States 36th Parallel Dispatch: Fiji’s military-led government is actively promoting a commercial-wing of its defense network as a recruiter and agent for private military-styled security personnel. Fiji Defence Logistics was established in 2008, less than two years after Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama and the Republic’s military overthrew […]

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