The French nuclear testing programme in the South Pacific attracted worldwide condemnation, providing a rare opportunity for the independence movement in French Polynesia to reach the international stage. The Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement, formed in 1975, is a loose coalition of non-governmental organizations based in the region receiving financial support from the United States and Europe. This study brings together topics in international relations and contemporary politics. These include nuclear testing and non-proliferation, the aftermath of colonialism and the independence movement, and the wider ramifications affecting regional Pacific politics, the European Union, Australisia and the United States.
Political change and the development of a regional political agenda; the origin and evolution of the nuclear free and independent Pacific movement; Micronesia and independence; the view from Belau; the view from Washington; the international NFIP campaign and support for the Belauan constitution; the NFIP and indigenous rights; the significance of the NFIP and the campaign on Belau; microstates, the NFIP and perceptions of security.