State of the Pacific 2016- State, Society & Governance in Melanesia

13-15 September

The Australian National University, Canberra
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of SSGM’s establishment and the 70th anniversary of Pacific studies at the ANU. Drawing on this unique legacy – seven decades of long-term applied research in and on the region – and the extensive networks of researchers, policy makers  and practitioners developed during this period, State of the Pacific 2016 will explore a range of issues concerning state, society and governance in Melanesia and the broader Pacific today.

These issues will be explored in sessions under four broad themes.

Pacific Regionalism
The Framework for Pacific Regionalism: A progress report
The New Pacific Diplomacy
Security Developments and Challenges in the Region

Political Economy Trends in the Region
Growing Up Fast: Managing change in Pacific cities
Pacific Labour Mobility: The intended and unintended consequences for development
The Climate ChangeDevelopment Nexus
Private Sector Development in the Pacific
Policy Approaches to Large-scale Mining in the Western Pacific

Social and Cultural Developments in the Pacific
Health in Pacific Places: Local challenges and responses
Christianity and Gender
Communication Technologies, Media and Development
The State of Play: Sports diplomacy and development in the Pacific

The State of Democracy in the Pacific
Democracy in the Pacific: The state of play
Democracy in Papua New Guinea
Political Transitions: Bougainville, New Caledonia and Fiji
The Relationship between Democracy and Development in the Pacific
Media Freedom and Digital Activism in the Pacific
Electoral Trends and Challenges

Conference registration will open on 1 August 2016.  Please click here to view more information about the conference on SSGM’s website.

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