It is two decades since a bloody secessionist conflict on Bougainville was settled – first in a truce, and then in a peace agreement that deferred the question of the region’s future political status.
In 2019, that question will be answered when the people of Bougainville vote on whether to become independent from Papua New Guinea.
Ben Bohane is a photojournalist who has covered Asia and the Pacific for the past 30 years. He reported on Bougainville throughout the conflict and in the years since. He travelled to the Autonomous Region for a forthcoming Lowy Institute research paper to find out how the people of Bougainville are preparing for the coming referendum.
Join us for this special event to hear from Ben Bohane on the prospects of a new nation being formed on Australia’s doorstep.
Please note that this event will be held at the Lowy Institute’s permanent home at
31 Bligh Street.
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