This session will look at the issue of effective state building. “Building effective states” has long been one of the most pressing issues in international relations, and it will continue to be a central theme throughout the ‘Asian Century’. Panellists will explore these issues of state building with reference to the island states that make up the supposed “arc of instability” to Australia’s North East. The aim will be to challenge simplistic generalisations about these states that prevail in the media and popular commentary. In order for this, it will be necessary to touch on the history, diversity and complexity that exist in this region, with specific focus on the island states of Timor L’este, Solomon Islands, Bougainville and Fiji.
ANU Asia Pacific Week will bring leading experts on the Asia Pacific region together with 100 delegates from around the world to engage in a series of dynamic discussions and events focused on developments and trends that will shape the ‘Asia Pacific Century’.
Date: Monday, 9 July 2012