Contributors – The Centre for Independent Studies

Gaurav Sodhi


Featured Publication

  • Five Out of Ten: A Performance Report on the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) 31 January 2008 | IA92
    The Solomon Islands, with a population of 500,000, is the third-largest state in the Pacific. It is also one of the poorest and least developed. Its islands are richly endowed with volcanic soils, marine resources, timber, and minerals, and are…...
    The Solomon Islands, with a population of 500,000, is the third-largest state in the Pacific. It is also one of the poorest and least developed. Its islands are richly endowed with volcanic soils, marine resources, timber, and minerals, and are…
    READ MORE

Media & Commentary

  • State government gravy train is on the wrong track 07 October 2008 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    There are lots of people scratching their heads trying to understand how publicly listed companies owned by savvy shareholders, could allow managers to take their money, use it recklessly, then pay themselves a greater return than shareholders get.  If this…
    There are lots of people scratching their heads trying to understand how publicly listed companies owned by savvy shareholders, could allow managers to take their money, use it recklessly, then pay themselves a greater return than shareholders get.  If this…
    read more
  • The Pacific has two different faces 11 September 2008 | The Fiji Times
    The new guest worker scheme announced by the Australian Government on Monday is being billed by many Pacific governments, aid organisations and the World Bank as a development policy to displace the demonstrable failure of aid. But will it be…
    The new guest worker scheme announced by the Australian Government on Monday is being billed by many Pacific governments, aid organisations and the World Bank as a development policy to displace the demonstrable failure of aid. But will it be…
    read more
  • Migration scheme won’t solve Pacific’s problems 21 August 2008 | ABC News Online
    It wouldn’t be polite to say so at the Forum meeting in Nuie this week, but there is trouble brewing in the South Pacific.  Conflict in the Solomon Islands, coups in Fiji, murders by raskol gangs in Papua New Guinea,…
    It wouldn’t be polite to say so at the Forum meeting in Nuie this week, but there is trouble brewing in the South Pacific.  Conflict in the Solomon Islands, coups in Fiji, murders by raskol gangs in Papua New Guinea,…
    read more
  • The Pacific is a crime bomb and needs economic reform 21 August 2008 | The Australian
    The new ‘guest worker’ scheme is being billed by many Pacific governments, aid organisations and The World Bank as a development policy to displace the demonstrable failure of aid.  Will it be enough to ease the enormous employment pressures that…
    The new ‘guest worker’ scheme is being billed by many Pacific governments, aid organisations and The World Bank as a development policy to displace the demonstrable failure of aid.  Will it be enough to ease the enormous employment pressures that…
    read more
  • Happy Anniversary RAMSI 24 July 2008 | ABC News Online
    Five years ago today, Australia embarked on one of its most ambitious foreign policy exercises in recent years when it led the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.  RAMSI, comprising of 15 countries from the region, was conceived as…
    Five years ago today, Australia embarked on one of its most ambitious foreign policy exercises in recent years when it led the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.  RAMSI, comprising of 15 countries from the region, was conceived as…
    read more

Publications

  • Time for a Change in Tonga: From Monarchy to Modernity 07 November 2006 | IA77
    The Pacific, rather than being famous for blue waters and sandy beaches, is fast gaining a reputation for hosting corrupt, ineffective governments and dysfunctional economies. Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu have all faced serious political and economic instability in recent years and the region boasts few…...
    The Pacific, rather than being famous for blue waters and sandy beaches, is fast gaining a reputation for hosting corrupt, ineffective governments and dysfunctional economies. Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu have all faced serious political and economic instability in recent years and the region boasts few…
    READ MORE