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  • The reason place matters: Climate change and community relocation in Fiji and Papua New Guinea 

    Gharbaoui, Dalila; Blocher, Julia (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    Retreating from coastal areas in response to changing environmental conditions has long been a part of Pacific Island communities’ traditional adaptive strategies, culture and practices. One can point to a number of cases ...
  • Youth participation and security – the case of Fiji 

    Vakaoti, Patrick (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIESMACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    Young people exist at the heart of security debates. A common position is to view them as anarchists, victims or opportunities. These images are evoked at the global level via events like the Arab spring revolutions of ...
  • Self-determination and security in the Pacific 

    Maclellan, Nic (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIESMACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    Introduction: Decolonisation was one of the United Nations’ greatest achievements in the 20th Century, but the process of self-determination began late in the islands region and remains incomplete today. The legacies of ...
  • New Zealand prime ministers and regional diplomacy 

    Ross, Ken (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIESMACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    New Zealand performs best globally as a progressive small state, with a deep internationalism central to our national identity. That is, being a good international citizen. Our prime ministers are the most important players ...
  • Mining strategy for New Caledonia: Natural resource curse? 

    Chauchat, Mathias; Nacci, Dominique (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIESMACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    The mining industry is usually characterized as a curse, also known as the "paradox of plenty". Today, New Caledonia bears the brunt of the falling price of nickel, the end of the construction of two new nickel plants and ...
  • Re-thinking Pacific regional architecture whilst framing regional security 

    Tavola, Kaliopate (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIESMACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    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 ...
  • Human & environmental security: what the Pacific can teach NZ & Australia about climate change 

    Bryant-Tokalau, Jenny (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIESMACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    This paper assumes knowledge and general acceptance of how climate change issues are affecting the Pacific region. It is understood that globally there is a need to limit human induced temperature rise and the fact that ...
  • Diplomacy and the pursuit of regional security 

    Powles, Michael (MACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIESMACMILLAN BROWN CENTRE FOR PACIFIC STUDIES, 2016)
    Most significant threats to security in the Pacific Islands region today are internal rather than external. One has only to look at the extraordinary situation today in Nauru, the governance issues in Papua New Guinea, the ...