In Depth


Transforming the Regional Architecture:


New Players and Challenges for the Pacific Islands

By Nic Maclellan

AsiaPacific Issues, no. 118 (Honolulu: East-West Center, August 2015)

Growing debates over the mandate and capacity of regional institutions in the Pacific highlight the complex and cluttered agenda facing island leaders.

The Pacific Islands Forum, with a new secretary general and Framework on Pacific Regionalism, is working to forge collective positions among its 16 members.

But fundamental policy differences over climate change, trade, and decolonization reinforce the sentiment among islanders that Australia and New Zealand should play a less dominant role within the Forum.

The current question of Fiji's reintegration into the Forum overshadows deeper structural changes across the region: Island nations are increasingly looking to non...

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The RAMSI Decade: A Review Of The Regional Assistance Mission To Solomon Islands, 2003-­2013


This report offers an assessment of RAMSI and its impact on Solomon Islands over 2003-­‐13. We believe that it is essential both to comprehend RAMSI in the local political context, and to analyse the mission in international comparison. This leads us to examine the architecture of RAMSI in a way that differs from most other reports on the 10-­‐year mission. This is an independent report commissioned by the Solomon Islands Government and the Pacific Islands Forum. 

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