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Mapping military reform in Fiji: timing it right

Khan, Natasha (2020) Mapping military reform in Fiji: timing it right. In: Mapping Security in the Pacific A Focus on Context, Gender and Organisational Culture. Routledge, London, pp. 199-216. ISBN 9780429031816

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All four coups in Fiji’s history had direct or indirect involvement of the Fiji Military, hence the issue of military reform has been discussed in Fiji since 1996. In countries coming out of conflict and making attempts to deal with the past, sequencing of reform efforts is crucial to ensure that stability and peace is achieved. Research undertaken in 2015 to investigate military reform in Fiji indicates that some respondents were sceptical about military reform as it remains so strong and enjoys its monopolistic position, being the only armed institution in the country. Others indicated that such a reform can be done, if done by the right person and timed properly. This paper posits that the timing of military reform in Fiji has to be strongly considered as past attempts of military reform have been problematic. Such reforms would need to be done gradually and need to be seen to be working with and not against the military.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Natasha Khan
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 21:43
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2022 21:43

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