Assoc. Prof Paul Carnegie -  School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)

Assoc. Prof Paul J. Carnegie

Director of Governance

School of Government, Development and International Affairs
The University of the South Pacific
Laucala Bay Campus, 
Suva, Fiji Islands.

Office: 014-216 (FBE Building)

Tel (679) 323 1925

Email: paul.carnegie(at)

Paul has research specializations in comparative post-authoritarian politics, human security and localised responses to militant extremism with a focus on Indonesia, Southeast Asia, MENA and the Asia Pacific. He has published widely in his fields including the monograph The Road from Authoritarianism to Democratization in Indonesia (Palgrave Macmillan) and an edited book on Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia (Springer). He has been awarded multiple research grants with related output in leading international journals including Pacific Affairs, the Middle East Quarterly, Journal of Terrorism Research and Australian Journal of International Affairs. Paul has extensive applied research experience and networks having lived and worked previously in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Assoc. Prof. Paul J. Carnegie CV

Academic Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

LLB (Hons) - University of Dundee, Scotland.

DipLP - University of Dundee, Scotland.

MPhil (Political Science) - University of Dundee, Scotland.

PhD (Political Science) - University of Queensland, Australia.



Coordinator of the following courses:

MA/ PhD Supervision

MA/ PhD Supervision

PhD supervisions:

Tony Hiriasia

The Politics of Fiscal Decentralization: The Case of the Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF) in the Solomon Islands

Jerry Siota

Reconsidering NPM as a model of public service delivery: an inquiry into Solomon Islands Public Service (SIPS) from an Organization Development (OD) perspective

MA (SRP) supervisions:

Firmina Iyabora 

Public Sector Governance and the role of NGO Advocacy in Solomon Islands: A Comparative Case Study of Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII)

Cordelia Belezaire

Labour Casualization in the Public Service: The Case of Open Vote Workers in Belize



  • Comparative democratic transitions
  • Post-authoritarian politics (Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific and MENA)
  • Globalization
  • Migration
  • Human Security
  • Localized responses to militant extremism
  • Identity, language and power relations





Recent Publications


Carnegie, P.J., V.T. King & Zawawi Ibrahim (eds.) (2016). Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia, Singapore: Springer.

Carnegie, P.J. (2010). The Road from Authoritarianism to Democratization in Indonesia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

Carnegie, P.J. (2017). State, security and militancy in Indonesia. In Romaniuk, S.N., Grice, F., Irrera, D. and Webb, S.T. (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, Chapter 34.

Carnegie P.J. (2016). Imagined communities, militancy and insecurity in Indonesia. In Carnegie, P.J. et al (eds.) Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Springer, pp. 53-68.

Carnegie P.J. et al. (2016). Introduction. In Carnegie, P.J. et al (eds.) Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Springer, pp. 1-5.

Carnegie P.J. et al. (2016). Conclusion. In Carnegie, P.J. et al (eds.) Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Springer, pp. 193-195.

Carnegie P.J. (2015). Latent Insurgency. In Romaniuk, S.N. and Webb, S.T. (eds.) Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern War, New York: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, pp.127-138.

Carnegie P.J. (2013). Islam, democracy and party politics in Indonesia. In Romaniuk, S.N. and Marlin, M. (eds.) Beyond Borders: Democracy and Civil Society in a Global Era. Berkshire Academic Press. Chapter 5.

Refereed Articles

Carnegie, P.J. & V.T. King (2018). Towards a social science understanding of human security. Journal of Human Security Studies, forthcoming.

Carnegie, P.J. & S. Tarte (2017). The politics of transition in Fiji: Is it charting a democratic course? Australian Journal of Politics and History, forthcoming.

Carnegie, P. J. (2017). Of uprisings and regressions: The strange fruit of Egypt's Arab Spring. Journal of Politics and Democratization, 2:1, pp.1-11.

Carnegie, P. J. (2015). Countering the (re-)production of militancy in Indonesia. Perspectives on Terrorism, 9:5, 15-26.

Carnegie, P.J. et al (2015). The recovery of a non-violent identity for an Indonesian pesantren in an Age of Terror. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69:6 pp. 692-710.

Carnegie, P.J. (2014). Is Indonesia’s democratisation a road map for the Arab Spring? Journal of Diplomacy, 15:1, pp. 95-105.

Carnegie, P.J. (2013). Is militant Islamism a busted flush in Indonesia? Journal of Terrorism Research, 4:2, pp. 14-25.

Carnegie, P.J. (2013). Can an Indonesian model work in the Middle East? Middle East Quarterly, 20:3, pp. 59-67.

Carnegie, P.J. (2012). Trouble ahead, trouble behind: Challenges of transition for the Arab Spring. Europolis, 6:1, pp. 3-21.

Carnegie, P.J. (2012). Trade-offs, compromise & democratization in a post-authoritarian setting. Asian Social Science, 8:13, pp.71-79. 

Carnegie P.J.  (2011). The ‘War on Terror’ and Indonesia’s militant Islamist groups. Democracy & Society, 9: 1, pp. 1-5.

Carnegie, P.J. (2009). Democratization and decentralization in post-Soeharto Indonesia. Pacific Affairs, 81: 4, pp. 15-25.

Carnegie, P.J. (2009). Mapping ambiguity in democratization. Europolis, 5:1, pp. 397-415.

Carnegie, P.J. (2008). Political Islam and democracy in Indonesia. Asian Social Science, 11:4, pp. 3-10.

Carnegie, P.J. (2007). Indonesian democratization. Asian Social Science, 10:3, pp. 29-35.

Carnegie, P.J. (2006). Indonesia’s Islamic identification. Dialogue, 4:1, pp. 1-24. 

Carnegie, P.J. (2005). Where is the democracy parachute? Dialogue, 3:2, pp. 86-104.

Carnegie, P.J. (2003). Cultural signification in the construction of democracy. Dialogue, 1: 2, pp. 1-11.

Recent Conferences


2017:    The Military and Democratization, IPSA RC44, University of Canterbury, NZ.

2016:    Pacific Constitutions Network Conference, Port Vila, Vanuatu


2015:    World Indigenous Summit on the Environment and Rivers, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.

2015:    Southeast Asia Studies Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2014:    Local Politics and Regional Autonomy, Keynote Speaker, Samarinda, Kalimantan    Timur, Indonesia.

2013:    Elections and Democracy Conference, UNIMAS, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.


Recent Working Papers

Carnegie, P.J. (2017) Rethinking constitutional reform in the Pacific. SGDIA Working Paper No. 2, pp. 1-14.

Carnegie P.J. (2016). Of Social Imaginary and Violence: Responding to Islamist Militancy in Indonesia, IAS Working Paper No. 22.

Carnegie P.J. (2013). Is the Indonesian Transition a model for the Arab Spring? IAS Working Paper No. 7, pp. 1-18.

Book Reviews

Dirk Tomsa, Party politics and democratisation in Indonesia. Routledge, 2008. Pacific Affairs, 83:1, pp. 200-202.

Jean Baudrillard, The intelligence of evil or the lucidity pact. Berg Publishers, 2005. Theory & Event, 11:4, pp.37-39.

Robert C. Paehlke. Democracy’s Dilemma: Environment, social equity and the global economy. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 2003. Australian Journal of Political Science, 40:1, pp. 165-166.

John Junkerman & Takei Masakazu (eds.). Power and Terror: Post-9/11 Talks and Interviews, Noam Chomsky. NY, Seven Stories Press,    2003.   Australian Journal of International Affairs, 58:3, pp. 404-405.  

 John Funston (ed.). Government and Politics in Southeast Asia. London, Zed Books Ltd, 2003.Australian Journal of International Affairs, 57:2, pp. 386-387.  

 Clive Hamilton. Growth Fetish. St Leonards, Allen and Unwin (Australia), 2003. Dialogue, 3:3, pp. 62-64. 

 Jean Moorcroft Wilson & Cecil Woolf (eds.). Authors take sides - Iraq and the Gulf War. Melbourne, MUP, 2004. Dialogue, 2:2, pp. 85-87.

 Salman Rushdie. Step across this line: Collected non-fiction 1992-2000. London, Vintage, 2003. Dialogue, 2:1, pp. 29-31.

Other Publications

Carnegie, P.J. (2017).    Scotland should claim its seat at the EU and become a true nation of the world. Common Space, September 1, pp. 1-5.

Carnegie P.J. (2014). Can Scotland Speak? Counter Punch, April 9.

Carnegie P.J. (2004). Sgarastaigh Uisge. Dialogue, 2:2, pp. 88. 

Carnegie P.J. (2004). Albatross Skin. Dialogue, 2:2, pp. 89.

Carnegie P.J. (2003). Comment #42. Dialogue, 1:2, pp 73.

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