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External influences and the 2006 Fiji military coup


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Herr, RA (2007) External influences and the 2006 Fiji military coup. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 9 (1). pp. 10-13. ISSN 1522-1113

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It is in the nature of any civil conflict for the protagonists
to be more concerned with their internal divisions
than with the impact of their dispute abroad. This
political fact of life played a significant, if perverse, role
in the dynamics of the recent coup in Fiji. For the people
of Fiji, the December 5, 2006 military overthrow of the
Government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase was a very
Fijian event driven by the conflicted pluralism of a
deeply divided society. Yet, as the regional hub of the
South Pacific, the archipelagic country looms large in the
interests of many powers engaged with the Pacific Islands.
Thus, the relevance of the international dimension
in the overthrow of the Qarase Government has tended
to be under-regarded by those within Fiji and overestimated
by those outside.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Harvard Asia Pacific Review
Publisher: Harvard University. Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Page Range: pp. 10-13
ISSN: 1522-1113
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 15:41
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2010 23:45
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