Pacific Island Countries/PICs

  • Oceania

    Australia deepens maritime security cooperation with Pacific island neighbors

    Tom Abke Defense partnerships between Australia and the island nations of the Pacific have an enduring history dating back decades. In recent years, Australia has significantly increased its efforts to bolster maritime security cooperation with those nations by ensuring the security of sea lanes, and combating illegal fishing, piracy and other maritime threats through joint patrols, maritime surveillance, capacity-building measures…

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  • Climate

    Climate Change Impacts program strives to understand threats, increase resilience

    FORUM Staff Climate change could impact more than 80% of the Indo-Pacific’s population by 2050, according to the United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM). Worldwide, rising seas and coastal floods are expected to force more than 200 million people from their homes, with Blue Pacific nations among the worst hit. Extreme…

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  • Climate

    U.N. climate agreement addresses fossil fuels for first time as Blue Pacific nations, U.S. push for more ambitious goals

    FORUM Staff United Nations climate talks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December 2023 closed with an agreement by nearly 200 nations to “transition away” from fossil fuels. It marked the first time a U.N. climate compact has called for governments to burn less coal, oil and natural gas, a step some observers called historic. Blue Pacific nations on…

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  • Oceania

    Australia, Timor-Leste empower women in defense

    Tom Abke Female personnel from the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) trained with their counterparts from the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) 1st Combat Engineer Regiment (1CER) in Australia’s Northern Territory in November 2023, demonstrating capabilities including watercraft safety protocols, and simulated and live-fire combat techniques. “Collaboration with our partners from Timor-Leste is hugely important,” Lt. Darielle Corpuz, 1CER troop commander, said…

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  • Features

    Framework For Success

    FORUM STAFF When back-to-back cyclones barreled through Vanuatu at 230 kilometers per hour in early March 2023, upending homes and downing power lines, the Pacific family responded swiftly. Even as the Pacific Island Country (PIC) of 319,000 people began surveying the mammoth task of reassembling from the ruins of an unprecedented natural disaster — two vicious storms followed quickly by…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Transnational Repression

    FORUM Staff The People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to face international criticism for violating the sovereignty of nations across the globe with its “overseas police service stations,” clandestine offices established in many cases without the approval or knowledge of countries that become their unsuspecting hosts. Rights advocates say the stations are bases from which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)…

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  • Climate

    U.S.-Pacific Islands Forum Summit focuses on climate change, infrastructure

    FORUM Staff United States President Joe Biden met with the leaders of Pacific Island Countries (PIC) recently at the White House where he underscored the U.S.’s commitment to the region’s shared issues, which range from rising seas to economic growth. Officials said climate change was a focus of the two-day U.S.-Pacific Islands Forum Summit in late September 2023, with low-lying…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    U.S. to enforce maritime law around Palau

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The United States has signed a new agreement with Palau, which gives U.S. ships the authorization to unilaterally enforce maritime regulations in the Pacific Island Country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the U.S. Coast Guard said in August 2023. The agreement follows pleas from Palau’s president for Washington’s help to deter Beijing’s “unwanted activities” in its coastal waters.…

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  • Climate

    Pacific women’s leadership crucial to building resilience against climate change, food insecurity

    Chendi Liu/Office of Women, Peace & Security Women’s vital role in tackling climate change and food insecurity in the Pacific islands region was the focus of a recent workshop in Suva, Fiji, co-sponsored by the United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS), the Center for Naval Analyses, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and…

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  • Oceania

    Defense leaders conference enhances understanding, cooperation among Indo-Pacific forces

    FORUM Staff Indo-Pacific military leaders gathered for the Chiefs of Defense (CHODs) conference in Nadi, Fiji, in mid-August 2023 to discuss topics including the international rules-based order, cyber intrusion, natural disasters and climate change. The conference, held annually since 1998 and supplemented with quarterly virtual sessions, brings together the region’s senior defense leaders to enhance understanding and cooperation. The Republic…

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