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Indo-Pacific military and security partners are building individual and collective resilience to counter worldwide threats, including those posed by authoritarian regimes and strategic competitors as well as nontraditional security challenges such as natural disasters and mass migration.
Resilience takes many forms. This edition’s opening article examines how like-minded militaries are initiating whole-of-government efforts to brace installations against the existential threat of climate change and its range of potential hazards. An in-depth feature explores why international cooperation and evolving sustainability models are essential in enabling a global green energy transition that relies heavily on critical mineral production. Another piece looks at how allied and partner militaries and nations are collaborating to strengthen regional resilience and protect vulnerable nations against climate impacts, particularly in Pacific Island Countries (PICs). In 2023, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), for example, provided U.S. $1.5 million to Samoa for community-led initiatives to bolster its ability to withstand disaster-related disruptions. The award is part of USAID’s 2022–27 Strategic Framework for the Pacific Islands, a multibillion-dollar, public-private initiative to strengthen community resilience, democratic governance and economic growth in 12 PICs.
Large-scale global exercises allow militaries in the Indo-Pacific to build resilience and demonstrate robust, enduring partnerships. Articles in this edition also highlight the security benefits generated by multilateral exercises such as Cobra Gold in Thailand and Talisman Sabre in Australia. Such drills allow joint and multinational forces to reinforce a shared commitment to regional stability, peace and prosperity. They also enhance interoperability with allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific.
Resilience contributes to resistance. More than two years since the military junta seized power in Myanmar, the resistance coalition, comprised largely of civilians, has demonstrated the power of its resolve. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Miemie Winn Byrd, a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, explains the importance of the people’s resilience in reaching a tipping point against the junta. She argues that the resistance coalition needs a unified command system and more international support to fully regain control of the country and reinstate democracy.
We hope these articles encourage regional conversations on the value of resilience for Indo-Pacific nations and militaries. We welcome your comments. Please contact us at email@example.com to share your thoughts.
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