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Continuity, Crisis and the Process of Political Consolidation in Tonga.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Friday, July 13th, 2012

Continuity, Crisis and the Process of Political Consolidation in Tonga. Weekly Analysis – By Paul G. Buchanan. This week the Tongan Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala is marrying his cousin. Although there is concern about potential inbreeding, the wedding demonstrates commitment to the royal lineage on the part of recently installed King Tupou VI. The nuptials reaffirm […]

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 […]

Proclamation Of Tonga’s New King A Milestone Along Authoritarian-Democratic Transition Line

Written by Paul Buchanan on Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Proclamation Of Tonga’s New King Tupou VI A Milestone Along Authoritarian-Democratic Transition Line 36th Parallel Analysis – By Paul G. Buchanan. The death of the Tongan King George Tupou V (pictured left)represents a rare moment in politics. Not only does it mark another example of dynastic succession (of the monarchical variety). It also represents another […]

Weekly Analysis: Tonga’s Reform Timeline Ensures A Return To The Past Is Impossible

Written by Selwyn Manning on Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Weekly Analysis: Tonga’s Reform Timeline Ensures A Return To The Past Is Impossible Tonga’s transition from an authoritarian Monarchy-led and appointed government toward a Polynesian-style democracy received a blow of uncertainty with the death of the Late King George Tupou V. Even so, this is unlikely to cause Tonga to return to a state where its […]

Analysis Video: Tonga’s Reform Progress Must Continue Or Crisis Looms

Written by Selwyn Manning on Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Analysis Video: Tonga’s Reform Progress Must Continue Or Crisis Looms Glenn Williams interviews Selwyn Manning on what Tonga can expect with the appointment of its new King Tupou VI. Does Tonga’s democratic reform timeline ensure a return to the past is impossible? What is the Late King George Tupou V’s legacy? What can we expect […]

Flash-Back (Video) The Funeral of Tonga’s King Tāufa āhau Tupou IV

Written by Selwyn Manning on Monday, March 19th, 2012

Flash-Back (Video) The Funeral of Tonga’s King Tāufa āhau Tupou IV 36th Parallel apologizes for the variable video and audio quality. Produced by Selwyn Manning for Scoop TV: The Funeral of Tonga’s King Tāufa āhau Tupou IV (September 2006) explores whether Tonga was on the brink of change and what may happen should the expectations […]

Flash-Back (Video): Tonga – Class Restored – October 31 2007

Written by Selwyn Manning on Monday, March 19th, 2012

Flash-Back (Video): Tonga – Class Restored – October 31 2007 36th Parallel apologizes for the variable audio quality. Part 1 of Tonga – Class Restored (fifteen minutes). Part 2 of Tonga – Class Restored (six minutes). Produced in October 2007 by Selwyn Manning, broadcast on Stratos TV and webcast on Scoop.co.nz. See Also: (Video) The […]

Polynesia Forecast: McCully throws Tongan A-G Under the Bus

Written by Paul Buchanan on Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Polynesia Forecast: McCully throws Tongan A-G Under the Bus Analysis & Forecast – By Dr Paul G. Buchanan. Revelations that New Zealand and Australian aid funds destined for promotion of democratic governance in Tonga are unaccounted for have highlighted the diplomatic dilemmas confronting the Antipodean states on matters of Pacific foreign policy. The Tongan Auditor-General […]

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