The Contemporary Pacific

The Contemporary Pacific
Volume 17, Number 2, Fall 2005

CONTENTS

The Pacific Islands

About the Artist

Articles

    Kabutaulaka, Tarcisius Tara, 1967-
  • Australian Foreign Policy and the RAMSI Intervention in Solomon Islands
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    Subject Headings:
    • Australia -- Foreign relations -- Solomon Islands.
    • Solomon Islands -- Foreign relations -- Australia.
    • Solomon Islands -- Politics and government.
    • Terrorism -- Prevention.
    Abstract:
      The Australian government's decision to lead a Pacific Islands Forum regional intervention into Solomon Islands marked a dramatic change in Australian policy toward the Solomons in particular and the Pacific Islands region in general. It demonstrated Australia's willingness to play a more assertive role in the domestic affairs of Pacific countries. The decision also reflected fundamental changes in the global security environment following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States and the perception that international terrorism has made it difficult to separate external and internal security. Canberra was influenced by the idea that terrorists could use "failed states" to pose security problems for Australia (and other western countries). While Australia's concerns about its own security as well as the influence of Anglo-American security policies have led the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands to concentrate on rebuilding the Solomon Islands state, this paper argues that the post-conflict nation building process must include other institutions besides the state—such as churches, community leaders, nongovernmental organizations, women's groups—that already have an influence on society. This is particularly important for Solomon Islands, a country where there have always been multiple centers of power, with the state not always the most important. Further, post-conflict nation building must also involve the mending and rebuilding of relationships between peoples while ensuring that foreign assistance does not create a culture of dependency.
    Keywords:
      conflict, peace, intervention, development, security, terrorism, leadership
    Huffer, Elise.
    So'o, Asofou.
  • Beyond Governance in Samoa: Understanding Samoan Political Thought
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    Subject Headings:
    • Political science -- Samoa -- Philosophy.
    • Samoa -- Politics and government.
    • Democracy -- Samoa.
    Abstract:
      In the Samoan polity today, the indigenous institution of the matai (chiefs) continues to play a pivotal role in governance. In determining leadership, the fa'asāmoa (Samoan way) and the fa'amatai (way of the chiefs) are the most influential factors. Yet this has not prevented Sāmoa from experiencing governance problems found in other countries of the region, although perhaps on a lesser scale: misunderstanding, frustration, alienation, migration, discrimination, malpractice, patronage, and violence. Reasons for this may be (1) a lack of correspondence between fa'asāmoa and liberal democracy; (2) a lack of general understanding and critical assessment of the principles of liberal democracy in Sāmoa; (3) a combination of misuse, abuse, or misunderstanding of fa'asāmoa; and (4) a lack of publicity and critical assessment of the principles of fa'asāmoa. This paper examines aspects of these four characteristics of the Samoan polity and looks at ways of reassessing governance. It draws on literature that deals with some of the main features of Samoan political thought, as well as on discussions with Samoan scholars and thinkers. This introduction to a different approach to Samoan governance also briefly reviews some of the political forces and tensions at play in Sāmoa to show how they impact current political conceptualization.
    Keywords:
      Sāmoa, democracy, fa'amatai, fa'asāmoa, political thought, philosophy, governance

Dialogue 1: Reflections on Nuclear Testing in the South Pacific, edited by David Chappell

    Regnault, Jean-Marc.
  • The Nuclear Issue in the South Pacific: Labor Parties, Trade Union Movements, and Pacific Island Churches in International Relations
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nuclear weapons -- Oceania -- Testing -- Political aspects.
    • South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (1985)
    Firth, Stewart.
  • A Comment on "The Nuclear Issue in the South Pacific"
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    Subject Headings:
    • Regnault, Jean-Marc. Nuclear issue in the South Pacific: labor parties, trade union movements, and Pacific Island churches in international relations.
    • Nuclear weapons -- Oceania -- Testing -- Political aspects.
    • South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (1985)
    Maclellan, Nic.
  • The Nuclear Age in the Pacific Islands
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    Subject Headings:
    • Regnault, Jean-Marc. Nuclear issue in the South Pacific: labor parties, trade union movements, and Pacific Island churches in international relations.
    • Nuclear weapons -- Oceania -- Testing -- Political aspects.
    • South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (1985)
    Barrillot, Bruno.
    Doom, John Taroanui.
  • Response to Regnault
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    Subject Headings:
    • Regnault, Jean-Marc. Nuclear issue in the South Pacific: labor parties, trade union movements, and Pacific Island churches in international relations.
    • Nuclear weapons -- Oceania -- Testing -- Political aspects.
    Tetiarahi, Gabriel.
  • French Nuclear Testing in the South Pacific, or When France Makes Light of Its Duty to Remember
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    Subject Headings:
    • Regnault, Jean-Marc. Nuclear issue in the South Pacific: labor parties, trade union movements, and Pacific Island churches in international relations.
    • Nuclear weapons -- Oceania -- Testing -- Political aspects.
    Regnault, Jean-Marc.
  • Reply
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    Subject Headings:
    • Firth, Stewart. Comment on "The nuclear issue in the South Pacific".
    • Maclellan, Nic. Nuclear age in the Pacific Islands.
    • Barrillot, Bruno. Response to Regnault.
    • Doom, John Taroanui.
    • Tetiarahi, Gabriel. French nuclear testing in the South Pacific, or when France makes light of its duty to remember.
    • Nuclear weapons -- Oceania -- Testing -- Political aspects.

Dialogue 2

    Cilano, Cara.
    McMillen, Georgia.
  • Of Blood and of the Heart: An Interview with Georgia Ka'apuni McMillen
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    Subject Headings:
    • McMillen, Georgia -- Interviews.
    • Women authors, American -- Hawaii -- Interviews.

Political Reviews

    Strokirch, Karin von.
  • The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2004
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    Subject Headings:
    • Oceania -- Politics and government.
    • Political corruption -- Oceania.
    • AIDS (Disease) -- Oceania.

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2004
Reviews of Fiji. Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands are not included in this issue

Book and Media Reviews

    MacDonald, Mary N., 1946-
  • Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Robbins, Joel, 1961- Becoming sinners: Christianity and moral torment in a Papua New Guinea society.
    • Christianity -- Papua New Guinea -- Urapmin.
    Meijl, Toon van.
  • Maori Times, Maori Places: Prophetic Histories (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sinclair, Karen, 1947- Maori times, Maori places: prophetic histories.
    • Maori (New Zealand people) -- Religion.
    Halvaksz, Jamon.
  • Landscape, Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stewart, Pamela J, ed. Landscape, memory and history: anthropological perspectives.
    • Strathern, Andrew, ed.
    • Landscape assessment.
    Hattori, Anne Perez.
  • Pacific Places, Pacific Histories: Essays in Honor of Robert C Kiste (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lal, Brij V., ed. Pacific places, Pacific histories: essays in honor of Robert C Kiste.
    • Kiste, Robert C., 1936-
    • Oceania -- History.
    Cole, John.
  • Worlds Apart: A History of the Pacific Islands (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Campbell, I. C. (Ian Christopher), 1947- Worlds apart: a history of the Pacific Islands.
    • Oceania -- History.
    Ballendorf, Dirk Anthony, 1939-
  • Wartime Japanese Anthropology in Asia and the Pacific (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shimizu, Akitoshi, 1942-, ed. Wartime Japanese anthropology in Asia and the Pacific.
    • Bremen, Jan van, 1946-, ed.
    • Ethnology -- Research -- Japan -- History -- Congresses.
    Va'a, Unasa L. F.
  • Namoluk Beyond the Reef: The Transformation of a Micronesian Community (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Marshall, Mac. Namoluk beyond the reef: the transformation of a Micronesian community.
    • Ethnology -- Micronesia (Federated States) -- Namoluk Atoll.
    Lowe, Ted.
  • Under Heaven's Brow: Pre-Christian Religious Tradition in Chuuk (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Goodenough, Ward Hunt. Under heaven's brow: pre-Christian religious tradition in Chuuk.
    • Chuuk (Micronesia) -- Religion.
    Butt, Leslie.
  • Conceiving Cultures: Reproducing People and Places on Nuakata, Papua New Guinea (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mallett, Shelley, 1960- Conceiving cultures: reproducing people and places on Nuakata, Papua New Guinea.
    • Massim (Papua New Guinea people) -- Social life and customs.
    Ernst, Thomas.
  • Exchanging the Past: A Rainforest World of Before and After (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Knauft, Bruce M. Exchanging the past: a rainforest world of before and after.
    • Gebusi (Papua New Guinea people) -- Social conditions.
    Evans, Mike, 1961-
  • Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Grijp, Paul van der, 1952- Identity and development: Tongan culture, agriculture, and the perenniality of the gift.
    • Tonga -- Economic conditions.
    Monberg, Torben.
  • Anuta: Polynesian Lifeways for the 21st Century (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Feinberg, Richard. Anuta: Polynesian lifeways for the 21st century.
    • Ethnology -- Solomon Islands -- Anuta Island.
    Love, Jacob Wainwright.
  • Pacific Art: Persistence, Change and Meaning (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Herle, Anita, 1956-, ed. Pacific art: persistence, change and meaning.
    • Art -- Oceania -- Congresses.
    Neumann, Klaus, 1958-
  • The Time at Darwin's Reef: Poetic Explorations in Anthropology and History (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Brady, Ivan A. Time at Darwin's Reef: poetic explorations in anthropology and history.
    • Anthropology -- Poetry.
    Calamia, Mark A.
  • Kau La'au and Ma'ama'a: Traditional Hawaiian Ulua Fishing (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sample, Kate. Kau la'au and ma'ama'a: traditional Hawaiian ulua fishing [film]
    • Fishing -- Hawaii -- Hawaii Island.
    Moulin, Jane Freeman.
  • Oltobed a Malt (Nurture, regenerate, celebrate). The Ninth Festival of Pacific Arts in Koror, Palau, 22-31 July 2004 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Festival of Pacific Arts (9th : 2004 : Koror, Palau)
    • Art festivals -- Palau.

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