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Liam Taylor - 21 Apr 2022

Pacific Wayfinder: Tonga’s transnational disaster response

Voices from the Pacific Island region The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption revealed the powerful yet vulnerable links between Tonga and its transnational communities, Liam Taylor writes. The eruption of the Hunga Tong-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga on 15 January triggered tsunamis reaching the Caribbean, sent atmospheric waves travelling around the globe several times, and shot…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: April 2022

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Australia Pacific Security College - 5 Apr 2022

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: April 2022

As the Pacific passes the two-year anniversary of COVID-19 in the region, the virus is continuing to have severe impacts on island nations.It has been 24 months since the pandemic began in the Pacific.

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Two years of COVID-19 in the Pacific: What’s happened, and what comes next?

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Maxim Wiggins - 18 Mar 2022

Two years of COVID-19 in the Pacific: What’s happened, and what comes next?

Two years on from the first COVID-19 case in the Pacific, the pandemic’s impact on the social, political and economic fabric of the region continues to resonate, Maxim Wiggins writes. On 11 March 2020, after a visit to Paris, Member for French Polynesia in the French National Assembly Maina Sage became the first known positive…

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Pacific Security Snapshot: 15 March 2022

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Australia Pacific Security College - 16 Mar 2022

Pacific Security Snapshot: 15 March 2022

Welcome to the first edition of our new summary of key security issues and events shaping the Pacific – and what lies ahead. This will be a short and snappy take on security across the Pacific region so you can stay informed of what’s happening in the Blue Pacific. It highlights a range of human…

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Rethinking Human Security in the Pacific

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Danielle Watson - 16 Mar 2022

Rethinking Human Security in the Pacific

Is it time for a paradigm shift? Pacific states, their partners, and scholars of the region must continue to evolve their understanding of the region’s security landscape as new threats emerge, Danielle Watson, Jeremy Brice, and Safua Akeli Amaama write. The security landscape in Pacific Island countries (PICs) has often involved significant improvisation and creative…

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Breaking down barriers for women candidates in Tonga

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Lepolo Taunisila - 8 Mar 2022

Breaking down barriers for women candidates in Tonga

  Women in Tonga face a number of forces restricting political representation, but there is reason for hope, Lepolo Taunisila and Sonia Palmieri write. Tonga’s 2021 general election was one of the most eventful in the nation’s history as long dominant political parties were ousted by a new wave of independents. However, despite this political shift, women…

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