Bougainville: Conflict deferred?

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    Violent separatist conflict in Bougainville between 1988 and 1997 was the most damaging conflict ever to occur amongst Pacific islanders, causing thousands of deaths.2 Until the early 1960s Bougainville was a remote and relatively neglected part of what is now the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Then discovery of a huge copper deposit led to the opening in 1972 of one of the world’s largest copper mines, making Bougainville vital to PNG’s economic viability as it prepared for its independence from Australia in 1975. Closure of the mine in 1989 by the conflict sent PNG into fiscal crisis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDiminishing Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific: Why some subside and others don't
    Editors Edward Aspinall, Robin Jeffrey and Anthony J Regan
    Place of PublicationAbingdon and New York
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)9780415670319
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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