Pacific Islands scholars publish policy papers on contemporary security issues

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March 31, 2014 - PRLog -- Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – Monday 31st March 2014

The inaugural class of the Pacific Islands Society Inc.’s Pacific Security Scholars (PSS) Program officially publish their policy papers on traditional and non-traditional security issues in the Pacific Islands. The essays look at policy implications of emerging security issues in the region. Lora Vaioleti examines the impact of climate change on food security in Tonga and Briar Thompson examines 3D Printing and Pacific Security.

The program, which is being run in conjunction with Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the Emerging Science and Technology Policy Centre (ESTPC), the Centre for Australian, the New Zealand, and Pacific Studies (CANZPS) at Georgetown University is the first of its kind in promoting young scholars on security from the Pacific. Since its launch last year in London, the participants have researched their papers under the guidance of expert mentors from relevant fields.

Their papers provide a unique insight into challenges faced in the Pacific Islands and provide tangible policy recommendations for NGOs, academics and policy makers in the region. Their papers will be presented to the diplomatic missions of the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum and are being published alongside some of the world’s leading thought-leaders on Pacific affairs.

More on each of the young leaders:

Briar Thompson is a Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand pursuing graduate study at Somerville College, University of Oxford. She has completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, in which her thesis focused on how the protection needs of those vulnerable to displacement linked to environmental stress might be provided, with particular reference to Pacific small island states. Starting this fall, Briar will be reading for the Master of Public Policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where she intends to continue relating her studies to the Pacific region.

Lora Vaioleti is a Fulbright scholar who recently worked in a leadership development and strategy role for the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA). A New Zealander of Tongan ancestry, her work has centred on exploring human security challenges within the wider Pacific, especially in regards to climate change and forced relocation. To this end, Vaioleti has led national, regional, and international research projects for a number of Pacific-focused organizations. A continuing research fellow for the Center of Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine, and the Indigenous Maori and Pacific Adult Education Charitable Trust (IMPAECT), she continues to research the latent value of traditional Pacific social practices in increasing human security and social resilience to both abrupt and long-term climate change effects. Vaioleti received a Masters of Management with a concentration in Sustainability from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

About the Emerging Science and Technology Policy Centre (ESTPC)
ESTPC is an independent, non-partisan think tank that was established to promote international peace by strengthening the impact and credibility of scientists and technologists in national security policy debates involving emerging science and technologies. Through it’s multitrack exchanges and annual events, it aims to empower scientists and technologists to have a stronger voice in shaping discourse on contemporary challenges in international security.

Further information please contact the Secretary of Board of Directors for ESTPC Mark Jansson via

Secretary of Board of directors Mark Jansson
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