15.06.2016 15:12 Age: 5 yrs

USP School of Law Public Lectures Conference Room, Emalus Campus

Friday 17 June 2016 - 12 Noon

 Staff and students of USP and members of the public are invited to the following free public lecture.

West Papua, Indonesia and the Melanesian Spearhead Group:

Competing Logics in Regional and International Politics


Stephanie Lawson

Professor of Politics and International Relations

Macquarie University Sydney

The idea of a shared Melanesian identity has been consolidated over the last three decades or so through the most important sub-regional association in the South-West Pacific - the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The solidarity of this group has been strained over various issues from time to time, but none is so fraught as the Indonesian occupation of what is commonly known as West Papua, whose indigenous Papuan people are ethnically Melanesian. In addition to recounting the Indonesian takeover of West Papua in the context of the Cold War and the decolonization movement, this paper examines the emergence of Melanesian identity and the MSG as well as more recent developments involving membership bids by both Indonesia and the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) to join the MSG.

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