Bougainville

Bougainville independence: recalling promises of international help
Bougainville independence: recalling promises of international help
After another year of global uncertainty and disruption, spare a thought for the people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the majority (97.7%) of whom voted for…
Bougainville independence: Pressure for PNG agreement builds
Bougainville independence: Pressure for PNG agreement builds
The second constitutionally mandated post-referendum consultations between Papua New Guinea and Bougainville leaders about independence for Bougainville are being planned for late…
Power politics lies behind how new countries are born – or not
Power politics lies behind how new countries are born – or not
Book review: Gëzim Visoka, John Doyle and Edward Newman (eds) Routledge Handbook of State Recognition (Routledge 2019) At the school hall in Buka, in that heady hour after the…
A false start for PNG-Bougainville consultations
A false start for PNG-Bougainville consultations
F.R. Stockwell was a British officer of the old school, the grandfather of a friend of mine who writes historical crime novels. Stockwell had a wonderful maxim about political…
Bougainville: A new captain at the helm
Bougainville: A new captain at the helm
Following weeks of anticipation, the people of Bougainville woke on Wednesday to news of a new president-elect. Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army Commander Ishmael…
Consulting on Bougainville’s future: The what, who, how and when
Consulting on Bougainville’s future: The what, who, how and when
Campaigns for presidential and parliamentary elections are underway in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. A three-week poll commences in mid-August with results expected by…
A crowded house on the Bougainville ballot
A crowded house on the Bougainville ballot
There’s been little rest for democracy in Bougainville. After a break of a few months, the Autonomous Region of Papua New Guinea is plunging back into politics, with elections…
Bougainville: Ringing in the change?
Bougainville: Ringing in the change?
Bougainville’s president John Momis has long been a towering figure in local politics. President for two consecutive terms since 2010, he was a leading instigator of the…
The Bougainville referendum: Celebrations turn to sadness and hope
The Bougainville referendum: Celebrations turn to sadness and hope
In a referendum to decide on a future political relationship with Papua New Guinea, a 97.7% majority of Bougainvillean voters have chosen independence. The referendum voting…
The celebratory Bougainville referendum – stories from Siwai
The celebratory Bougainville referendum – stories from Siwai
Piled into the back of an overcrowded ute – appropriately named the “Highway Slave”, although formally known as a Public Motor Vehicle – we made the nine-hour expedition across…