Crime and Security in the Pacific - Expanding Concepts of Security 


New Zealand and the Pacific share many trans-boundary security challenges, from criminal deportations, gangs, money laundering, drug production and distribution, cyber and financial crime, child exploitation as well as aviation, maritime and border security. What does this mean for policies, actors and activities in the Pacific? The Boe Declaration from the Pacific Islands Forum focussed on an “expanded concept of security”, spanning human security, including humanitarian assistance, environmental and resource security, transnational crime, and cybersecurity. How much do the security issues in the Boe Declaration align with the security issues of other is corruption in the Pacific impeding good governance and economic factors? Are the region’s security issues primarily internal, non-traditional and focused on the needs of people and their societies rather than on the military protection of the state or of the wider region?

Chair: Professor Steven Ratuva – Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Canterbury University

Dr Anna Powles – Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Massey University of NZ

Dave MacGregor – Executive Coordinator, Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat

Jose Sousa-Santos – Research scholar at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University and Managing Director of Strategika Group Asia Pacific

Jane Neilson – Senior Analyst, Policy Branch, NZ Ministry of Defence

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