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The South Pacific: from ‘arc of instability’ to ‘arc of opportunity’?

By April 2013 the Australian stabilisation mission in Timor-Leste will withdraw, and in 2013 the small military component of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands will return home, while its other components scale-back (although an Australian policing and governance presence will remain in the medium-term). In 2012 Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste held relatively peaceful elections, and both appear to have formed fairly stable governments. The performance of the Solomon Islands government has improved, and the Vanuatu government functions quite well. In 2012 the military regime that has been in place in Fiji since their 2006 coup confirmed that elections will be held in 2014, and created a Constitutional Commission to make a new constitution. Therefore, it is timely to reflect on progress and prospects in the South Pacific.

A group of Australian and Pacific experts have contributed short articles to a special volume of Security Challenges on the ‘Security in the Pacific arc’, due for publication in December 2012 (available from: These contributions provide updates on progress being made in relation to the security challenges facing key states in the region, and consider the prospects for the region’s future security and stability.

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- Registration is required

Speaker/Host: Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program
Venue: Common Room, University House (Bldg #1), Corner of Balmain Cresecent and Liversidge Street, ANU
Date: Friday, 8 February 2013
Time: 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Enquiries: Olivia Cable on 02 6197 0015

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