Jon Fraenkel is a Senior Research Fellow in the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University. He formerly worked at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji from 1995-2007. He is author of The Manipulation of Custom; from uprising to intervention in the Solomon Islands (Victoria University Press & Pandanus Books, 2004) and recently co-edited The 2006 Military Takeover in Fiji; A coup to end all coups?, ANU Press, 2009. His current research work focuses contemporary Pacific politics, economic history of Oceania, electoral systems in Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Nauru and women’s representation in the Pacific Islands. He is The Economist’s Pacific Island correspondent and regularly covers contemporary Pacific issues for other international media outlets.