Oceania's Post 9/11 Security Concerns: Common Causes, Uncommon Approaches?   [open pdf - 490KB]

"The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) generally share a common set of security concerns, but approaches to dealing with them differ. Among the key concerns are internal divisions and nontraditional threats such as climate change and associated rises in sea level. Transnational threats such as money laundering and the smuggling of drugs, arms, and humans also receive considerable attention--including by non-PICs--especially in the post-9/11 context. While the possibility that terrorists will target the PICs is unlikely, transnational terrorism and its effects have had other consequences for the island states. The international community is now more concerned with the potential for the PICs to be used as havens for money laundering and transit points for smuggling. The prospect of a PIC being used as a terrorist training base has also been mentioned, though this is seen as highly improbable. Concerns that some of the PICs are growing increasingly unstable-- even becoming 'failed states'--have increased in the post-9/11 world. Such categorization is too overarching, however. And a blanket policy approach is inadvisable. Action will be most effective in a manner cognizant of the local culture(s) involved. Such an approach will require careful study and analysis but would further enhance communication between PICs and the larger nations and increase the effectiveness of policy formulation and implementation."

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Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (November 2003) v.2, no.7
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