U.S. Institute of Peace

11/16/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/16/2022 08:21

Ask the Experts: What Drives Papua New Guinea’s Fragility?

The island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) struggles from a range of factors that exacerbate its fragility, from intercommunal violence to the potential secession of the autonomous Bougainville region to its inability to hold safe and credible elections. Sexual- and gender-based violence against women also runs rampant in the country. While the PNG state is weak and garners little trust from the people, there are critical civil society actors working to address the country's instability and mitigate violence.