Regional and National Security Architecture in the Blue Pacific, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Former deputy secretary of the Pacific Islands Forum Mr Peter Forau, and CEO of Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation and former adviser to the Pacific Islands Forum Johnson Honimae join the Pacific Security College’s workshop on Regional and National Security Architecture in the Blue Pacific  

The recently concluded Regional and National Security Architecture in the Blue Pacific course in Honiara saw a gathering of experts and regional stakeholders committed to advancing Pacific security cooperation. Hosted by the Australian Pacific Security College (PSC), the workshop was facilitated by PSC Director Professor Dave Peebles and Deputy Director Dr Henry Ivarature. 

The course examined the role of the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional agencies in addressing national and regional security opportunities and challenges. Participants and presenters dissected Forum agreements, including the Boe Declaration on Regional Security and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.  

Key questions were asked and answered, such as the role of the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional agencies, the coverage of security challenges within Forum agreements, and the strategic linkage of local and regional priorities in Solomon Islands’ national security strategy. 

The workshop’s objectives were centred around: 

  • Pacific Islands Forum and its key achievements. 
  • Analysing pivotal security agreements within the Forum. 
  • Exploring the Forum’s historical relationship with Solomon Islands, including its involvement in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). 
  • Examining the intricate interplay between regional and national priorities through National Security Strategies.

The PSC extends heartfelt appreciation to all participants for their valuable contributions to this workshop. This collaborative endeavor serves as testament to our shared commitment to safeguarding regional security and fostering stronger ties in the Blue Pacific.  

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