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Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australia and the origins of the Pacific Islands Forum

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

ISBN 1 876534 24 9

August 2004

Overview

Australia and the origins of the Pacific Islands Forum presents a lively history of the genesis of the Pacific Islands Forum, focusing on Australia's involvement. Beginning in early 1970, Australia grappled with the concept of a new international political forum in response to the aspirations of the Pacific's emerging nations. The formation of the forum was accompanied by a colourful international debate. There was agreement on some issues, and disagreement on others. Australia and the origins of the Pacific Islands Forum argues that this was part of a process by which relationships formerly influenced by colonial forces came to be characterised by the interests of sovereign states.

The publication is the first in a new series of short historical narratives entitled Australia in the World: the foreign affairs and trade files. The aim of the series is to provide Australians with readable and well-researched stories from our foreign and trade history. The series will cover not only 'high policy', but also little-known aspects of the department's past work such as consular operations and secure communications. The department aims to produce at least two monographs in this new series each year.

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