Gordon Peake’s first book was an award-winning memoir of life in Timor-Leste, Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles & Secrets from Timor-Leste. He worked as an adviser to the Autonomous Bougainville Government from 2016 until 2020. He is a Visitor at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) where he is writing a book about New Guinea. He hosts the podcast series Memorandum of Understanding which peers behind the bureaucratic curtain to look at the people, policies and politics of international aid.
Australia and China offer the archipelago nation a grab bag of policing options that often miss the mark.
History shows a resounding referendum – like recently in Bougainville – is not alone in deciding future independence.
The post-referendum process stalled after a delegation arrived in Port Moresby, only to have the meeting cancelled.