This special volume of Security Challenges contains contributions from leading experts and Pacific scholars that reflect on progress and prospects in the ï¿½Pacific arcï¿½. This Introduction begins by identifying common themes that emerge from the contributions regarding the way in which Australia relates to the arc, and how the arc responds to Australia. It then summarises the contributorsï¿½ conclusions regarding the future prospects of the arc. It concludes by arguing that, although Australia has extensive interests in the arc, it has declining influence over the region. The contributions suggest that, in order for the arc to become a source of security, rather than threat, Australia needs to take a more cooperative and long-term developmental approach that engages with the local context, including the resilience of Pacific societies. Consequently, it may be time for Australian policymakers to see the region not as an ï¿½arc of instabilityï¿½, but instead as an ï¿½arc of opportunityï¿½.
|Publication status||Published - 2012|