In the light of the security issues that the world faces after September 11, 2001, this book is both timely and important, not only for the work for scholars, but also for security experts and others generally interested in security issues. The problems raised are not specific to the Pacific but to the international community in general. The book is of immense importance because most of the large 'dimension of security' issues, among them, corruption, refugees, coups, law enforcement, and failed states, affect all countries both domestically and internationally, giving it a relevance far beyond the Island Pacific. This work is a valuable resource for students of Pacific politics, international relations, human rights and international security.
Professor David Boucher, University of Wales, Cardiff
This collection of papers, presented at the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association conference at the end of 2002, explores a range of contemporary security issues in the Pacific islands region. At a time when Australian policymakers and commentators are engaged in a re-examination of Australia’s role in the region, these papers provide valuable insights into the complex security challenges Australia and the Pacific islands confront. This collection is an important resource in the on-going search for new ideas and new approaches that will best serve the security needs of our region in the 21st century.
Dr Sandra Tarte, University of the South Pacific
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