Dr Anouk Ride is an Affiliate Researcher with Australian National University and with the Initiative for Peacebuilding, University of Melbourne. She researches conflict, interpersonal violence, gender and social inclusion and is based in Solomon Islands.
A new report on civil unrest in the region calls for a longer and wider lens in analysing reasons and rationales.
Allowing more power for the provinces under a decentralised system of governance will be a step towards stability.
The riots in Solomon Islands this week follow a pattern of past unrest – yet with important symbolic differences, too.