2013-02-04 07:05:56 - The future of international security in the Pacific Islands will be tackled during a public lecture series starting next week at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the United Kingdom.
The series is organised by the Pacific Islands Society at SOAS and will bring together senior diplomats from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) region with academics from the top universities in the United Kingdom.
The President of the Pacific Islands Society, Eddie Walsh, said: “The Pacific Islands Society believes the Asian century is not just about Asia. It clearly affects the wider Asia-Pacific region including the Pacific Islands. We think it’s natural then that our inaugural speaking series will address the topic of international security. Aside from the global economic crisis, there are few issues that compare in terms of supra-regional importance.”
The first event in the series will feature the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Rob
Taylor, talking about the Wellington Declaration. It will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 11th.
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Fiji to the United Kingdom, H.E. Mr Solo Mara, will follow at 7:15pm on Tuesday, March 5.
Mr. Michael Walsh, Kiribati Honorary Consul to the United Kingdom, will then speak on the threat posed by climate change and other non-traditional security threats in the Pacific on Monday, March 11 at 7:15pm.
The Papua New Guinea (PNG) High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, H.E. Winnie Anna Kiap, will conclude the first round of speakers on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:15pm.
Following the PNG event, the series will take a short break to coincide with the end of Term II at SOAS. In April and May of this year, a second round of speakers will follow on the same topic. The Term III speaking schedule will be released in late-March.
The entire speaking series is free and open to the public - although priority will be given to students and faculty of U.K. universities. To register for any of the events, please contact the Pacific Islands Vice President, Keiko Ono, at email@example.com
Please note: All Term II events will take place in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at the Russell Square campus of SOAS.
About Pacific Islands Society at SOAS
The Pacific Islands Society at SOAS is a registered society of the SOAS Student Union. The society aims to increase student and faculty awareness of the importance of Pacific affairs within the SOAS community and the broader U.K. higher-level education system.
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