According to Dr. Azizian, the first thought that comes to many minds when thinking about the Pacific Islands region is about warm beaches and blue water. But the region is also a complex study in how diplomatic, defense, economic and socio-political factors, both internal and external, shape the region’s identity and comprehensive security. The book does not pretend to be an all-inclusive study of the regional security environment but it hopefully helps build more interest toward better understanding of Oceania’s security – an interest (and attention) that is often missing or lacking cultural sensitivity and strategic vision as many of the authors in this volume suggest,” said Azizian. The book is the result of a workshop on Regional Security Architecture held in August 2014 in Vanuatu hosted by APCSS and the Pacific Institute of Public Policy. Eleven of the workshop participants, who are subject matter experts from across the region, contributed chapters to the book offering an expert analysis and discussion of key trends, challenges and opportunities for enhancing regional security cooperation and harmonizing Oceania’s regional security architecture.
As Dean Cramer points out in the Conclusion, “the Pacific Island countries are unique among the world community in that all have vast maritime territories that significantly exceed their relatively modest amount of land territory. What happens in Oceania has global implications.” The book is available online for free download at: www.apcss.org or see the links below to download individual chapters: