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Building peace in post - conflict Solomon Islands: socio - economic and political issues and challenges

Maebuta, Jack (2014) Building peace in post - conflict Solomon Islands: socio - economic and political issues and challenges. In: Cultivating Peace: Contexts, Practices and Multidimensional Models. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 116-131. ISBN 1443856932 9781443856935

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Abstract

The socio-economic and political contexts of the Solomon Islands influence both the process of peacebuilding, national development and the social life of the people. In order to understand the sustainability of peace, it is necessary to consider the social, economic and political contexts in which the country is governed. The prominent contextual features include the big man system, the three-tier government system, political instability, manipulation of democracy and a weak sense of national identity. The state of the economy is an important consideration in post-conflict reconstruction. A prosperous economy could provide for the needs of its citizens. In contrast, a weak and stressed economy cannot adequately provide for the needs of the population. In the case of the Solomon Islands, the economic base has been limited to a few export commodities, which were vulnerable to factors such as price volatility, weather conditions and social conflict. Understanding the economic issues that gave rise to the conflict in the Solomon Islands are crucial to peacebuilding and development. This paper draws on these issues with the aim of deriving critical analyses pertinent to post-conflict peacebuilding initiatives and a sustainable peace.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Jack Maebuta
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 09:59
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 11:38
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7520
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