Papua New Guinea / PNG

  • Global Commons

    HADR training, exercises with U.S. support PNG’s response to deadly landslide

    FORUM Staff Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) and other emergency personnel responding to a devastating landslide incorporated techniques and expertise honed during regular training and exercises with United States military and other partner agencies. Meanwhile, aircraft and other assets from the U.S. and Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners transported disaster management experts, relief supplies and search-and-rescue equipment to the remote…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Allies, Partners continue push against IUU fishing

    FORUM Staff Seven years after the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 5 the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners continue to lead the battle against an illicit activity that the U.N. says has “major implications for the conservation and management of ocean resources, as well as the food security…

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  • Global Commons

    Allies, Partners bolster PNG’s recovery efforts after devastating landslide

    FORUM Staff From providing shelters and hygiene kits to deploying military assets and emergency management experts, Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners are rallying to support Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a deadly landslide. Australia announced an initial $1.7 million in humanitarian assistance for its northern neighbor, as well as support for civil society organizations leading response and recovery efforts after the…

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  • Features

    Securing Papua New Guinea’s Future

    Tom Abke The security challenges facing Papua New Guinea (PNG) have evolved in recent decades, according to Elias Wohengu, PNG’s foreign affairs secretary. Thirty years ago, the threat of climate change to national security didn’t occur to him, Wohengu said at a panel discussion called “Security and PNG’s National Interest.” But today it has become self-evident. Confronting emerging and conventional…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Long-standing shiprider agreements boost Free and Open Indo-Pacific, protect EEZs

    FORUM Staff The shiprider program, the successful multilateral fisheries surveillance and law enforcement effort in the Indo-Pacific, traces its origins to the late 1980s when the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency recommended member countries develop a reciprocal enforcement agreement. The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Harriet Lane partners with local police, fisheries agencies and other officials in Fiji,…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    PRC greatest threat to Free and Open Indo-Pacific, USINDOPACOM Commander says

    FORUM Staff United States Navy Adm. John Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), recently delivered an imperative message to the U.S. Congress: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) will be ready to invade Taiwan in three years. Unprecedented actions by the increasingly connected regimes in the PRC, Russia and North Korea are challenging international norms and advancing authoritarianism,…

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  • Global Commons

    Australia cultivating food security projects across Indo-Pacific

    Tom Abke Australia is tackling hunger and food insecurity from Cambodia to Papua New Guinea with pioneering agricultural projects and innovative fisheries management. At the heart of Canberra’s efforts is the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), a government agency established in 1982 that has partnered with more than 200 domestic and foreign institutions to support projects in East…

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  • Oceania

    PNG Defence Force officer appointed to Australian Army in historic first

    FORUM Staff Separated by only 150 kilometers of the Torres Strait — once a land bridge connecting them — Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) drew closer in October 2023 with the historic appointment of a PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) officer to a senior leadership role in the Australian Army. Lt. Col. Boniface Aruma, a 27-year veteran, will become deputy…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    USINDOPACOM Office of Women, Peace & Security holds inaugural gender advisor course

    FORUM Staff The United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS) conducted its first Indo-Pacific Regional Military Gender Advisor Course in Hawaii in late August 2023. The event marked the launch of a five-year training initiative by USINDOPACOM. The WPS Office designed the annual course to develop a trained network of gender advisors from partner nations,…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Papua New Guinea, U.S. collaborate on maritime security

    Tom Abke Mutual trust is the basis for Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the United States to enhance the Pacific nation’s maritime security, including permission for a U.S. Coast Guard cutter to enforce PNG’s laws. Enhanced patrols by both countries will counter transnational crime, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing while upholding PNG’s sovereignty, officials and analysts said. The…

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