Australia’s Arc of Instability

The Political and Cultural Dynamics of Regional Security

  • Dennis Rumley
  • Vivian Louis Forbes
  • Christopher Griffin

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 82)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Dennis Rumley, Vivian Louis Forbes, Christopher Griffin
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ee Tiang Heng, Vivian Louis Forbes
    Pages 69-82
  4. Bilveer Singh
    Pages 83-100
  5. James Dunn
    Pages 101-110
  6. William C. Clarke
    Pages 129-149
  7. Richard Herr, Donald Potter
    Pages 199-214
  8. Penelope Schoeffel, Malama Meleisea
    Pages 289-304
  9. Dennis Rumley, Vivian Louis Forbes, Christropher Griffin
    Pages 305-317
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 319-323

About this book


The idea for this book emerged from a conversation between Vivian Forbes and Charles Eaton following two seminars held in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Australia given by Trevor So?eld and Christopher Grif?n more than ?ve years ago. One seminar involved papers from Charles Eaton and Christopher Grif?n on the recent Speight coup in Fiji; the other, given by Trevor So?eld, was on the Solomon Islands. The seminars were attended by, among others, Dennis Rumley, who on getting involved in the conversation, suggested the idea of a book and then followed through on its scope, structure, planning, and possible contributors. Looking back now, we owe a special debt of gratitude to Charles Eaton both for his enthusiasm and his ideas then, and for his continued support throughout the whole project. Since that time ?ve years ago, many people have boarded and have left the Arc. Indeed, the very project itself exhibited a degree of instability. At times, it even looked as though it might not stay a?oat. Thankfully, several early boarders remained ?rmly anchored. Other authors were co-opted later, some at relatively short notice, one or two of them under mild duress. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of these contributors for remaining patient, enthusiastic, and keeping faith with the project. Naturally, a project like this, dealing with such a large and dynamic region, will always be out-of-date.


formation geography geopolitics identity international relations research stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Dennis Rumley
    • 1
  • Vivian Louis Forbes
    • 2
  • Christopher Griffin
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  2. 2.University of Western Australia and Curtin University of TechnologyPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Edith Cowan UniversityPerthAustralia

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