The Pacific Ocean is our planet’s single biggest feature. If western civilization was shaped by the Mediterranean Sea, and industrialization and hyper-globalization were marked by the Atlantic Ocean, it is clear that an important part of our future will play out in the Pacific, in environmental, security and economic terms. With the Indo-Pacific becoming a new epicenter of world affairs, a new kind of 21st century “Great Game” is taking place among global superpowers in the South Pacific. Home to fewer than 13 million inhabitants, yet covering 15% of the world’s surface, the South Pacific Island nations have been, for a long time, seen as “simply a bunch of small remote islands”, marred by the triple tyranny of colonial history, remoteness and size. Capturing human imagination and sparking geopolitical discourse for centuries, going back to James Harrington’s utopian commonwealth of Oceana (1656), the South Pacific remains one of the “neglected locations” within the international business discipline, despite its growing security, economic and environmental relevance.