The impetus for this edited volume comes from two sources. First, there is the practical need for an up-to-date volume that addresses the topic of Island Asian security challenges in new and innovative ways. Second, this book stems from a desire to draw together various perspectives, inspired by both conventional strategic assessments and nontraditional security analysis, to gain insight into the causal factors behind insecurity in Island Asia. Further, the area under consideration is redefined as Island Asia rather than the more typical areas of analysis of Southeast Asia or the South Pacific. I have purposefully selected authors from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, the Solomons Islands, and the United States in order that these multiple perspectives can be brought together in one volume. I believe that the cross-fertilization of ideas in this book can lead to more informed understanding and innovative solutions to ameliorate conflict in the region.
There are several individuals I would like to thank. Most important is James Clad, Research Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, for his help with the project and for his assistance with the introduction. Ambassador Teare, Dr. Patty O’Brien, and Grace Tompkins of the Center for Australia–New Zealand Studies (CANZS) at Georgetown University also deserve my thanks. The concept for this book emerged