More Research Into Geopolitical Issues Facing Pacific Needed

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New Vice President of PIPSA: More political science should be done

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 11, 2014) – The newly-appointed vice president of the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association says there isn't enough research done into the Pacific.

Associate Professor Malakai Koloamatangi, who is the Pasifika director at New Zealand's Massey University, was appointed vice president of the association last week, and says more researchers need to come on board.

Dr Koloamatangi says considering the geopolitical issues facing the region more research is needed.

"There isn't enough is the simple answer. There are Pacific researchers, but in terms of professional political scientists there aren't many of us and I think there needs to be more, obviously with the geopolitical issues in the Pacific and the look north policy to China and the re-engagement of the US and other issues."

Malakai Koloamatangi says his new appointment will be challenging, but he is looking forward to taking it on.

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