Book Launch: Helpem Fren by Professor Michael Wesley

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Asialink is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of Helpem Fren (Melbourne University Press, March 2023) by Professor Michael Wesley, Professor of International Relations and Deputy Vice Chancellor International at the University of Melbourne.

Helpem Fren is the first comprehensive history of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Drawing on still-classified official documents and over thirty interviews, it records the preconditions, motivations and dynamics of RAMSI between 2003 and 2017.

As Australia confronts the most challenging environment in the Pacific for seventy years, Helpem Fren offers readers a deeper understanding of the recent history of Australia's involvement with Solomon Islands and the Pacific.


Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice Chancellor International at the University of Melbourne

Mr Dean Wickham, Honorary Consul General to Solomon Islands in Victora

Debra McDougall, Associate Professor in Anthropology at the University of Melbourne
Mr Nicholas Coppel, former Special Coordinator of RAMSI

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