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Jurnal Global dan Strategis

ISSN 1907-9729

Vol. 9 / No. 2 / Published : 2015-07

Order : 2, and page :190 - 206

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Original Article :

Quo vadis melanesian spearhead group?

Author :

  1. Baiq L.S.W. Wardhani*1
  1. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik

Abstract :

Strengthening  the  sentiment  of  identity  in  the  Melanesian  Spearhead  Group (MSG)  in  conjunction  with  a  weakening  of  self-reliance  capability  to undertake domestic governance is one of the factors that caused the change in dynamics in the South Pacific. One was marked by the strengthening fears that the  countries  in  this  group  is  increasingly  difficult  to  break  away  from dependence on foreign aid. Strengthening sentiment can be observed from the upheaval  of  identity  among  the  members  within  the  organization,  which showed  that  its  members  are  increasingly  worried  about  the  disagreements between them. While the weak capability to independently manage domestic issues  indicated  by the  increasing  financial  assistance  from  donor countries. Yet  at the same time a crisis in donor countries and the relative decline in the South  Pacific  in  geopolitical  urgency  from  the  perspective  of  the  donor countries can bring this regional organization in limbo. Alternative way out has been taken, but which way will be taken by the MSG?

Keyword :

Melanesian Spearhead Group, Regionalism, South Pacific,


References :

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