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  • Oceania

    Papua New Guinea Defence Force training focuses on Women, Peace & Security

    FORUM Staff The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) provided specialized training in March 2023 aimed at reducing gender-based violence, incorporating gender perspectives and recognizing gender-specific security needs. At the request of the PNGDF Gender Committee, the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS) designed, developed and led the Gender Focal Point course. It was…

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  • Oceania

    Australian, New Zealand armies training Ukrainian Soldiers in U.K.

    Tom Abke For their fight against Russian invaders, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are being trained by the Australian and New Zealand armies in a range of battlefield activities, including weapons handling and firing, urban and forest combat, trench warfare, and medical survival techniques. As part of the United Kingdom-led Operation Interflex, the training is taking place at British…

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  • Features

    Cyberspace Freedom

    FORUM Staff When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the internet in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) echoed the Chinese government’s noncommittal stance, declining to portray Moscow’s military assault in Europe as an unprovoked attack. Censors commissioned by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) were similarly vigilant in early 2022, limiting online exchanges during a COVID-19 lockdown, including information…

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  • Key Issues

    Fijian, New Zealand forces reaffirm enduring partnership

    New Zealand Defence Force From training recruits, musicians and plant operators to deploying Fijian Sailors on a New Zealand ship, the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions has allowed the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to resume activities and reaffirm its long-standing partnership with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF). With borders reopened, RFMF personnel have traveled to New Zealand…

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  • Oceania

    Women in defense go head-to-head in inaugural New Zealand vs. France rugby match

    FORUM Staff In a match as much about camaraderie and cultural sharing as competition, New Zealand’s Defence Ferns team battled France in the first-ever women’s International Defence Rugby Championship (IDRC). The October 25, 2022, contest, which ended with the French team narrowly ending New Zealand’s unbeaten run with a 9-8 victory, capped three weeks of tournament play that included six…

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  • Indo-Pacific

    Indo-Pacific allies conduct Exercise Cartwheel military drills in Fiji

    Radio Free Asia Military forces from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States enhanced interoperability and readiness during Exercise Cartwheel 2022, which concluded in late September 2022 in the Pacific Island nation. The 11-day exercise — named after Operation Cartwheel, a major military operation for the Allies in the Pacific during World War II — aimed…

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  • Key Issues

    Dialogue, cooperation keys to success for Partners of the Blue Pacific initiative, analysts say

    Tom Abke Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States launched the Partners of the Blue Pacific (PBP) initiative in June 2022 to enhance cooperation with Pacific Island Countries (PICs). PBP stands in contrast to a one-sided Pacific Islands scheme recently proffered by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), according to analysts. “The PBP initiative involved prior…

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  • Key Issues

    U.S. seeks to expand partnership with New Zealand amid rising tensions in Indo-Pacific

    The Associated Press The commander of the United States military in the Indo-Pacific wants to expand and strengthen the nation’s ties with New Zealand. Adm. John Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, pictured, visited New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, in early August 2022 as the U.S. looked to increase its presence in the region amid concern about the People’s Republic of…

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