Security Trends in the South Pacific

Vanuatu and Fiji

by George K. Tanham, Eleanor Sullivan Wainstein


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This Note examines recent developments in the South Pacific islands, emphasizing the growth of anti-Western and anti-U.S. attitudes. On both the local and international levels, peace groups, labor unions, the antinuclear movement, and churches have been the means through which the anti-Western ideas have been introduced and spread throughout the area. The United States should endeavor to retain and retrieve the goodwill of the islanders by expressions of official interest, economic aid, increased student exchanges, labor union training, and aid to education. The Note looks in depth at two island countries — Vanuatu and Fiji — reviewing their recent history and the 1987-1988 political turmoil and suggesting a future course of action for the United States.

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