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Alex Stewart

Alex Stewart is a PhD candidate with the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University in Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany, specialising in international law, and an Honours degree from Swinburne University. His research focuses on governance issues in the Pacific Islands, with a particular focus on Melanesian regionalism.

Articles by Alex Stewart (3)

  • Fiji's election: Fair and free?

    On 17 September, Fiji goes to the polls for the first time in eight years. This is a notable step forward given that, when I spoke to people in Suva a year ago, they were still phrasing things in terms of 'IF the election happens'.
  • How Fiji outsmarted Australia

    Last Friday Fijian Interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama began his first visit to Australia since taking power in 2006. In response to the 2006 coup, Canberra had imposed travel bans for all members of the Fijian government. These were abandoned earlier this year by the Abbott Government. One would expect such a visit to be about mending fences and shoring up relations. But Rear Admiral Bainimarama was not visiting Canberra to speak with the Abbott Government.