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Rethinking the Boe Declaration and Security in the Pacific

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Leituala Kuiniselani Tago-Elisara’s doctoral research re-examines the Boe Declaration and security in the Pacific. It explores the application of the conceptual framework, A Malu i Fale e Malu i Fafo, and an indigenous methodology embedded in Pacific philosophies and epistemologies. The seminar will explore how using indigenous framing can help to decolonise a regional security framework that is relevant, responsive and resonates with Pacific people. This seminar will also highlight the challenges and practicalities facing researchers when conducting security studies research in the Pacific region. This mid-term review seminar will include reflections upon fieldwork, ahead of the data analysis and thesis write-up processes. Using examples from Fiji, Kiribati and Samoa, some key lessons and observations will be shared that may be of benefit to other scholars and researchers.

Leituala Kuiniselani Tago-Elisara commenced her PhD with DPA in 2020. She is a regional public servant with extensive leadership experience in the Pacific region. A Sāmoan national, with over 25 years of experience working in Sāmoa and the Pacific region, Leituala’s background is in social policy development and practice. She is also a certified Futurist with expertise in fusing cultural knowledge and strategic foresight in exploring futures. Leituala is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Pacific Affairs of the Australian National University and is currently based in Sāmoa.


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