On the road again with the Jeffersons

On a blasting hot Saturday afternoon in Tempe Arizona, a group of journalists from around Asia (plus one from the United States) are learning what ground-level politics looks like in the American West.

The journalists are part of the latest group of Jefferson Fellows at the Center, on a trip to the U.S. heartland to experience the Presidential campaign between John McCain and Barack Obama from the inside.

After a week of seminars and briefings in Honolulu, the Jeffs are off to Arizona, then on to battleground states Pennsylvania and Ohio and finally to Washington, D.C.

It has been an eye-opening experience. Continue reading

Tropical politics and chilly Norway: A new collaboration

By Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka
tarasagoWhat in the world was this Solomon island village boy doing half a world away, in a tidy Norwegian city just south of the Arctic Circle?

Besides the obvious (shivering) and the unthinkable to many (eating whale meat, which tastes like beef) I was part of a team from the East-West Center and the University of Hawai‘i who were hashing out the details of a significant island-based research proposal with colleagues from the University of Bergen. Continue reading