Pacific Security Scholars (PSS) policy papers are now available, examining security issues and policy implications of emerging security issues in the Pacific region. Lora Vaioleti examines the impact of climate change on food security in Tonga and Briar Thompson examines the impact of 3D Printing on security in Pacific Island Countries.
The inaugural class of the Pacific Security Scholars (PSS) Program provided leading post-graduate and research degree students from Pacific Island countries with an opportunity to be part of the global discourse on “International Security and the Pacific Islands.” The Federation of American Scientists, Pacific Islands Society, Emerging Science and Technology Policy Centre, Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies (CANZPS) at Georgetown University, and Pacific Society at SOAS joined as official partners for its inaugural year.
Under the close guidance of leading experts in relevant fields, the participants the unique challenges faced by the Pacific Islands. The papers produced by the program’s inaugural class includes in-depth analyses on a security issues ranging from climate change to food security. Their insights are designed to offer tangible policy recommendations to policymakers and policy stakeholders. In so doing, it is hoped that they will provide a valuable mechanism for empowering young leaders from the region to be recognized as next generation leaders for emerging security issues on the world stage.
About the Scholars:
Briar Thompson is a Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand pursuing graduate study at Somerville College, University of Oxford. She has completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, in which her thesis focused on how the protection needs of those vulnerable to displacement linked to environmental stress might be provided, with particular reference to Pacific small island states. Starting this fall, Briar will be reading for the Master of Public Policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where she intends to continue relating her studies to the Pacific region. Briar’s essay examines the impact of 3D printing in Pacific Island countries and security concerns associated with this technology and is available here (PDF).
Lora Vaioleti is a Fulbright scholar who recently worked in a leadership development and strategy role for the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA). A New Zealander of Tongan ancestry, her work has centred on exploring human security challenges within the wider Pacific, especially in regards to climate change and forced relocation. To this end, Vaioleti has led national, regional, and international research projects for a number of Pacific-focused organizations. A continuing research fellow for the Center of Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine, and the Indigenous Maori and Pacific Adult Education Charitable Trust (IMPAECT), she continues to research the latent value of traditional Pacific social practices in increasing human security and social resilience to both abrupt and long-term climate change effects. Vaioleti received a Masters of Management with a concentration in Sustainability from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Lora’s essay examines climate change and its effect on food security in Tonga and is available here (PDF).