A Fiji briefing: Political and conflict analysis post Cyclone Winston

9 March 11:00am - 12:00pm
Floor 6, Davis Langdon House, 49 Boulcott St., Wellington (WWF offices)

Speakers: NZ’s leading strategic and security analysts – Jose Sousa-Santos and Dr. Anna Powles (bios below)
Skype: Participants can skype in – Contact: Darren Brunk on skype: dcbrunk
RSVP: Darren@cid.org.nz

Tropical cyclone Winston has caused severe damage to communities and livelihoods to tens of thousands in Fiji. Humanitarian agencies are now working with the Government of Fiji, local communities and other stakeholders – military and civilian alike - to provided needed assistance.

Following Winston’s devastation, Fiji does not just pose technical challenges for humanitarian responders, but political ones as well. As an operating environment, humanitarians in Fiji must navigate a complex political reality, marked by deep inter-communal divisions, rivalries, disparities and grievances.

How, then, do humanitarian actors ensure their actions do no harm in Fiji’s volatile political reality?

To answer this question, please join us for a briefing with two of New Zealand’s leading strategic and security analysts – Jose Sousa-Santos and Dr. Anna Powles (bios below), to provide NDRF members with a briefing on TC Winston’s potential impact on the fragile political situation in Fiji. It will provide NDRF members with a relevant analysis of where and how Winston could affect existing political tensions, and the risks posed to – and by – humanitarian operations in this complex political environment.

Jose Sousa-Santos is a senior strategic and security analyst and an IHS Jane’s contributor on Asia Pacific security matters. He is a former analyst with the United Nations Joint Mission Analysis Centre and is currently researching the nexus between terrorism and transnational crime in the Asia Pacific.

Dr Anna Powles' research expertise is in Pacific Islands regional security, conflict and politics; tensions between the state and non-state actors in weak and conflict-affected states; Asia Pacific security; New Zealand defence and foreign policy; security sector development; regional and United Nations peacekeeping, peace support operations and stabilisation missions; and women in peace and security. Dr Powles is the founder of the New Zealand affiliate of Women In International Security (WIIS NZ), a member of Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (Australia/New Zealand). Dr Powles co-edited "United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach", (Ashgate: July 2015).

If you have any questions, please contact Darren@cid.org.nz. We sincerely look forward to your participation at this event.