[TimorLesteStudies] Workshop at ANU: Conflict, Interventionism and State-Building- Lessons from the Melanesian Pacific and Timor Leste

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Tue Nov 23 12:16:11 EST 2010

Presented by the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, ANU

  Lessons from the Melanesian Pacific and Timor Leste
  Venue: University House, The Australian National  University
  7-8 December 2010

  The genesis of this workshop was a panel on Critically Interrogating Interventionism at the European Society for Oceanists Conference at St Andrews, Scotland, in July this year.  This brought together scholars working on the local impacts of international stabilisation and state-building interventions in the Melanesian Pacific and in East Timor. Following St Andrews, it was decided to convene later in the year with a larger group of interested researchers and practitioners. The Canberra workshop is an opportunity to connect with global and regional policy debates around the nature of developing-country conflict and international responses to it. Engaging critically with these debates is particularly timely given the imminent publication of the 2011 World Development Report on ‘Conflict, Development and Security’. The gradual scaling down of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands after more than seven years of deployment is another ground for reviewing what has been learnt from these various engagements. Speakers include researchers and development practitioners with extensive experience in Timor-Leste and the Melanesian Pacific. Through the sharing of learning and insights, the Workshop aims to promote constructive dialogue between policy and research communities with a view to developing policy-relevant research agendas.
  09.00 – 09.40                      Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  Doug Porter and Sinclair Dinnen, WDR Melanesian Case Study
  09.40–11.00                        Intervention and State-Building 
  Anne Brown, Interrogating Interventionism: Antinomies of Conflict and Intervention in the Western Pacific
  Morgan Brigg, Interventionism, ‘State’, Contingency: Exploring Emergent Order
  11.00–11.20                        MORNING TEA
  11.20–12.40                        Timor-Leste
  Sue Ingram, Building the Wrong Peace: the role of UNTAET in pre-independence East Timor
  Hiroko Inoue, Contested Institutions: Formal and Informal Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in East Timor
  12.40-1.40                           LUNCH
  1.40-3.40                              Timor-Leste (cont.)
  Henri Myrttinen, ‘Muscling in’ Gender and the Provision of Security in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste
  Edith Bowles, Conflict, Intervention, and the Legacy of the Resistance in State Formation in Timor-Leste
  Bu Wilson, Crime Fiction: Regulatory Ritualism and the Failure to Develop the East Timorese Police
  3.40-4.00                              AFTERNOON TEA
  4.00-5.00                              Panel Discussion & Commentary
  Anne Brown, Edith Bowles & Sue Ingram
  09.00–11.00                        Solomon Islands
  Jon Fraenkel, Revisiting the Case for Intervention in Solomon   Islands
  Matthew Allen, On the Causes of the Conflict in Solomon   Islands
  Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, Re-Presenting Conflicts and the RAMSI Intervention in Solomon Islands
  11.00–11.20                        MORNING TEA
  11.20-1.00                           Bougainville & Solomon Islands 
  Terence Wesley-Smith, Intervention for What? State, Economy and New Beginnings in Autonomous Bougainville
  Sinclair Dinnen and Anthony Regan, Bougainville & Solomon Islands’ Interventions Compared
  Karene Melloul, Transitional Phase in Solomon Islands’ Policing
  1.00–2.00                             LUNCH
  2.00-3.20                              Interventionism in historical perspective
  Peter Lindenmann, The Flight of the Gardian (New   Caledonia)
  Danny McAvoy,  Historical Perspectives on Relations between Australians and Solomon Islanders: Implications for Intervention
  3.00–3.30                             AFTERNOON TEA
  3.30–5.00                             Panel Discussion/commentary
  Doug Porter, Terence Wesley-Smith & Bruce Baker 
  List of Speakers
  Matthew Allen, Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
  Bruce Baker, African Studies Centre, Coventry University, UK
  Edith Bowles, World Bank, Solomon Islands (speaking in a private capacity)
  Morgan Brigg, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of QueenslandAnne Brown, Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Queensland  Sinclair Dinnen, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
  Jon Fraenkel, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
  Sue Ingram, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
  Hiroko Inoue, Centre for International Governance & Justice, RegNet, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
  Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University  of Hawai'i at Manoa
  Peter Lindenmann, Ethnologisches Seminar, University of Basel,  Switzerland
  Danny McAvoy, School of International Development Studies, University   of East Anglia, UK
  Karene Melloul, International Deployment Group, Australian Federal Police
  Henri Myrtinnen, independent researcher and consultant
  Doug Porter, World Bank, Sydney
  Anthony Regan, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
  Terence Wesley-Smith, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University  of Hawai'i at Manoa
  Bu Wilson, Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, RegNet, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
  Host: State Society and Governance in Melanesia Program
  Website: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/melanesia/events.php
  Phone SSGM 61 (0)2 6125 8394
  This program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
T: Australia +61  0  407 087 086
T: Timor-Leste + 670 744 0011
E: buvewilson at gmail.com

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