Peace in the Pacific: Grounded in Local Custom, Adapting to Change

  • Volker Boege


The Pacific region is huge and highly diverse — linguistically, culturally and otherwise. Outsiders think of it as a massive expanse of water scattered with small isolated islands that are vulnerable and far apart (and, from a metropolitan perspective, ‘far away’). By contrast, an insiders’ view of Oceania is one of a ‘sea of islands’, focusing on the bonds and linkages that the ocean has provided between the island societies for time immemorial.1 In today’s international system, the region is divided into ‘nation’-states, most of them very small by international standards. The Pacific has the greatest concentration of micro-states worldwide. With approximately seven million inhabitants, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is by far the country with the biggest population. Altogether, no more than ten million people live in the region.


Civil Society Dispute Resolution Restorative Justice Solomon Island Regional Cooperation 
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