Derek Gwali Futaiasi
Prior to joining The Australian National University as a PhD scholar, Derek Futaiasi was a public servant and worked as the Deputy Secretary to Prime Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Solomon Islands. His current PhD research focuses on the role of state and non-state actors in relation to the regulation of Constituency Development Funds (CDFs) in Solomon Islands.
Honiara’s negotiations with Beijing may raise alarm but it should not come as a surprise to Canberra.
A Covid-19 outbreak so soon after community unrest has left state institutions playing a catch-up game.
Consternation about the diplomatic switch from Taiwan shows how local politics can have international ramifications.