Denise Fisher currently writes on France in the South Pacific, with a particular focus on contemporary New Caledonia. She is a Visiting Fellow with the Australian National University Centre for European Studies. A former senior Australian diplomat, Denise served as political and economic analyst in a number of post-colonial countries (Burma, Kenya, India, Malaysia) before an appointment as Counsellor (Political) in the Australian Embassy, Washington. She has served as Australia’s High Commissioner in Zimbabwe, concurrently accredited to Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique; and as Australia’s Consul-General in New Caledonia covering the French Pacific territories. Since leaving the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2006, she has written France in the South Pacific: power and politics. Denise has a Masters in International Public Diplomacy from Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters of Philosophy at the Australian National University. In 2011 she was made Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit.