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Dalton Kuen-da Lin (Princeton-Harvard China and the World Programs) Named 2015 Winner of Islands Society’s “Security Threats in the Pacific Essay Contest”

Essays from Fiji, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Tonga selected as finalists in essay competition for young scholars.

Suva, Fiji, November 14, 2015 --( Today, the Islands Society announced that essays by five young scholars on Asia-Pacific security have been selected as the top submissions to this year’s “Security Threats in the Pacific Essay Contest.” These essays will now be featured on the think tank’s website alongside commentary from senior thought leaders on foreign policy and insular affairs.

This summer, the Islands Society issued an open call to young scholars across the region to submit opinion pieces on a contemporary security challenge facing the region. Specifically, young scholars were asked to answer: “What is the biggest security threat facing Pacific Islanders today?”

The Islands Society is proud to present responses to this question from the following young scholars (in no particular order): Melania Baba (Fiji,) Tevita Motulalo (Tonga), Adi Litia Cakobau Nailatikau (Fiji), Dalton Kuen-da Lin (Taiwan), and Genevieve Neilson (New Zealand / United States). The selection committee is also proud to announce that the essay by Dalton Kuen-da Lin was selected as the winner of the essay competition.

Below is a brief outline of the selected essays:

“Climate Change: An Existential Security Threat in the Pacific” – Tevita Motulalo contends that the Pacific Islands are subtly moving beyond the early stages of an existential climate change crisis.

“Globalization – A Major Threat for Pacific Island Countries” – Melania Baba says that globalization has shown itself to be the biggest and most immediate threat for Pacific Island countries.

“Lack of Climate Change Finance Threatening Pacific Development” – Genevieve Neilson suggests that Pacific Islanders require improved access to financing if they are to adapt to the threats posed by climate change.

“Security Implications of Geopolitics and Governance in the Pacific” – Dalton Kuen-Da Lin argues that the biggest security threat facing Pacific Islanders is the potentially gloomy ripple effects of geopolitical reconfiguration in the Asia-Pacific.

“Controlling The Ripple Effects of Climate Change across the Pacific” – Adi Litia Cakobau Nailatikau says that the biggest security threat facing Pacific Islanders is climate change and its halo effect over other security threats across the region.

All of the selected essays will appear on the official blog of the Islands Society, The Islander, later this week.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society, Sea Islands Society, Arctic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, and Remote Islands Society (Japan).

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