Re-thinking Pacific regional architecture whilst framing regional security
The existing architecture for Pacific Regionalism, established in 1971, is the result of the inter-play of geopolitics and Pacific diplomacy relating to the newly-independent Pacific island countries and Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Western Samoa (now Samoa) had led the way to independence in 1962. The Cook Islands was next opting for self-governing status; Nauru and Fiji became independent in 1968 and 1970 respectively. Tonga returned to full independence also in 1970. These five Pacific island countries were responsible for the break away from the SPC council with the aim of forming their own forum.
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