Tarcisius Kabutaulaka

Adjunct Fellow, Professional Development Program
Associate Professor, Center for Pacific Islands Studies
tkabutau [at] hawaii.edu
PhD, Political Science and International Relations, Australia National University
Area of Expertise: 

Development, Governance, Natural Resource Development, Conflicts, Conflict Resolution, Post-conflict Development, Solomon Islands.

Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, who is an Associate Professor and Director of the University of Hawai‘i's Center for Pacific Islands Studies, is a political scientist who has written extensively on governance and geopolitical issues in the Pacific Islands, with a focus on Solomon Islands.  He has researched and written on China and geopolitics in the Pacific Islands, natural resources and economic development, conflicts and international interventions. Prior to joining the University of Hawaiʻi in 2009, he was a fellow at the East-West Center for six years. He was previously a lecturer in history and political science at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Kabutaulaka was educated in Solomon Islands, Fiji and Australia and has a PhD in political science and international relations from the Australian National University.