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Terry M Brown has worked in Solomon Islands, first as lecturer in theology at Bishop Patteson Theological Centre, Guadalcanal (1975–1981), and then as Anglican bishop of Malaita (1996–2008) and Anglican Church of Melanesia provincial archivist (2009–2012). He is presently bishop-in-charge of the Church of the Ascension, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has also recently been appointed to the Divinity Faculty of Trinity College, University of Toronto, where he will teach the theology of mission.

David Chappell is associate professor of Pacific Islands history at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa. He studies the French Pacific territories, especially Kanaky New Caledonia.

Gerard Finin (PhD Cornell, 1990) is resident codirector of the East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program. He conducts research on contemporary social and economic issues in the Pacific Islands region. His areas of interest include public policy, social change, urbanization, and connections linking Oceania with Southeast Asia.

Jon Fraenkel is professor in comparative politics at Victoria University of Wellington. He previously worked at the Australian National University in Canberra and at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He specializes in the politics of divided societies, electoral systems, Pacific Islands politics, and the economic history of Oceania.

Lorenz Gonschor was born in Germany, where he studied anthropology, political science, and history. He obtained a master’s degree in Pacific Islands studies in 2008 from the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa with a thesis comparing the institutional history of and future political prospects for Hawai‘i, French Polynesia, and Rapa Nui; he is currently a PhD candidate (abd) in political science at the same institution. His research interests include historical and contemporary politics of Polynesia, especially Hawai‘i, French Polynesia, and Rapa Nui.

Shona Hawkes is a research associate in the Department of Management at Monash University. She is undertaking a master’s of philosophy (sociology) at the University of Queensland, and her research interests include South-North relations, global food systems, and economic, social, and cultural rights. [End Page 435] She is lead author of an article recently published in International Political Science Review.

From the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands, Tarcisius Kabutaulaka (PhD Australian National University, 2000) is associate professor in the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies and editor of the center’s Pacific Islands Monograph Series. His research interests focus on governance, development, natural resources development, conflicts, post-conflict development, international intervention, peacemaking, Australian foreign policies, and political developments in Melanesia in general and Solomon Islands in particular. He has written extensively on the Solomon Islands civil unrest and the Australian-led regional intervention and has worked as a consultant for international and regional organizations and national governments.

Solomon Kantha, who holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa, is the national program officer for the International Organization for Migration in Papua New Guinea. His areas of interest are international relations, international political economy, comparative politics, and public policy. He is also currently studying law at the University of Papua New Guinea with an interest in constitutional law, human rights law, and international law.

Nic Maclellan works as a journalist and researcher in the Pacific Islands, as a correspondent for Islands Business magazine, and as a contributor to other regional media.

Jagjit Kaur Plahe is the director of the Diplomacy and Trade Program at Monash University. Her research interests include the politics of international economic relations, trade and development, global food security, the right to food, global food networks, and, more recently, food sovereignty. She has previously published in Journal of Contemporary Asia, Third World Quarterly, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, and International Political Science Review.

Sunil Ponnamperuma is a research associate in the Department of Management at Monash University. He has researched social science and policy issues for several years including the political economy of internal conflict, corruption and governance, and institution building for projects. His research interests include international political economy, international trade and development, food security, and food sovereignty.

Eric K Silverman (PhD 1993, University of Minnesota) is associate professor of anthropology at Wheelock College in Boston. He...