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Greed and GrievanceEx-Militants' Perspectives on the Conflict in Solomon Islands, 1998-2003$
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Matthew G. Allen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838546

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838546.001.0001

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Solomon Islands and the Tension

Solomon Islands and the Tension

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Greed and Grievance

Matthew G. Allen

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides an overview of the society, economy, culture, geography, and history of Solomon Islands as well as a factual and chronological account of the conflict. It first discusses some aspects of the socioeconomic history of Solomon Islands, including the split between eastern and western Solomons, the history of labor migration, and the nature of postcolonial political culture and its connection with the rapacious logging industry. It then describes the politics of regional and island-wide identity before turning to the Ethnic Tension of 1998–2003 that began with the uprising on Guadalcanal and ended with the deployment of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). It also considers the differing interpretations of the “causes” of the conflict proposed in the scholarly literature.

Keywords:   conflict, Solomon Islands, socioeconomic history, labor migration, political culture, logging industry, Ethnic Tension, Guadalcanal, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

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