(From L-R): Co-editor Professor Greg Fry, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council Mr Winston Thompson, Co-editor Associate Professor Sandra Tarte and Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA) launched a book, titled, The New Pacific Diplomacy, edited by Professor Greg Fry and Associate Professor Sandra Tarte.
The book is the product of the Diplomacy and International Affairs programme at the University, which has been running for the past five years and is a culmination of the research undertaken by the School’s postgraduate students, on different aspects of Pacific diplomacy as well as speeches and presentations organised by the School.
It is an attempt to capture what has been a very dynamic period in regional affairs in terms of Pacific Island Diplomacy at the regional and global level.
Head of SGDIA, who is also the editor of the book, Associate Professor Sandra Tarte said that ‘The New Pacific Diplomacy’ is an important milestone for the School as it will put USP’s Diplomacy and International Affairs programme on the map.
USP is a regional University and the book is about politics and diplomacy at the regional level, therefore reflecting the Pacific community of scholars as a region.
“We did not want to leave the theoretical aspects in the classroom. We can have papers and articles on Moodle, but it is not the same thing as having everything collated in a book,” she said.
According to Associate Professor Tarte, one of the ideas of having the book is that students will have a ready to use resource.
While launching the book at USP’s Laucala Campus on 25 May 2016, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson congratulated SGDIA for getting all the research together and publishing it in a book.
“I hope that others will read the book and take up similar publications in future,” he added.
Co-editor, and Adjunct Professor at USP, Professor Fry said that the launch is a proud moment for him, Associate Professor Sandra Tarte and the 24 contributors of the book.
He said that students were very much a part of the book, in terms of setting up international relations forums featuring regional political leaders like Honourable Henry Puna, His Excellency Anote Tong, School Seminars and Diplomacy Roundtables organised by SGDIA.
The book is sold at the University’s Book Centre for $30 a copy.
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