The Pacific is today one of the world's most peaceful populated regions. The Second World War, and even the civil conflicts in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville, seem long gone. For many, this vast oceanic region, home to many of the world's smallest nations, evokes palm fronds, coral reefs and pristine white-sand beaches. On the ocean whose very name means "peaceful", war is a thing of the past – or so one would hope.
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