Instability in the Pacific Islands: A status report
Firth, Stewart | June 2018
The Pacific Islands are highly diverse in political status, population, development, migration prospects, and potential for instability. Resilience is most under challenge in western Melanesia: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are states-in-formation characterised by extraordinary linguistic and group diversity giving rise to weak consciousness of nationhood. Fiji is different: a weak democracy but a strong state. Many observers see increasing tensions, disputes, and violence over land in Pacific urban areas as people’s traditional connections with rural villages diminish and landlessness becomes more common.
CitationFirth, Stewart. 2018. Instability in the Pacific Islands: A status report. © Lowy Institute For International Policy. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/8550.
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