The PacificUS Forum is a blog project by Genevieve Neilson to bring attention to security, economic, and political issues in the Pacific. And sometimes to share adventures.

Using the terms ‘Pacific’ or ‘Indo-Pacific’ designates a focus on maritime space in the Asia-Pacific region. With small island states seeking to be called large ocean states, this recognises the importance of the blue economy, and ocean conservation. Indo-Pacific is also more commonly used in discourses of the United States and Australia, both major powers and locations where the editor is based. The region holds many sites of geopolitical and economic struggle, including a growing consumer class in Asia, island states at the forefront of impacts from climate change, security flashpoints on the Korean peninsula, and crises in refugee resettlement.

This forum intends to concentrate on the following areas:

  • Trade & Investment
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Foreign Policy
  • Democracy & Governance
  • Public Policy
  • Sustainable Development



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Lunar New Year Yum Cha: 2018 Leftovers for Australia

As opposition leader in 1971, Gough Whitlam made a risky move to visit Peking (just a few days before Henry Kissinger), and once he subsequently became Prime Minister made Australia an early partner with China. In contrast, under the leadership of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, former External Affairs Minister Paul Hasluck used to repeat the … Continue reading Lunar New Year Yum Cha: 2018 Leftovers for Australia

Explainer: Why did the U.S. just give $87.3 million to Palau?

  On 1 October, 2018, Palau celebrates its 24th Independence Day, with a welcome birthday gift of $87.3 million from the United States Department of Interior. The $87.3 million represents a down payment of a larger economic assistance package of $123.9 million that was appropriated in the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act and the 2018 … Continue reading Explainer: Why did the U.S. just give $87.3 million to Palau?

AUSMIN 2018: What’s In, What’s Out

In a highly coordinated annual event arranged by civil servants of large bureaucracies with pre-cooked outcomes it is difficult to find surprises in joint statements. They tend to reflect the nature, state of the relationship and hot topics of the day. In the case of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), the two-day bilateral meeting … Continue reading AUSMIN 2018: What’s In, What’s Out

Plastic Battle in the Pacific: Is it too late to win the bin war?

There’s no time like the present to reduce consumption of plastics, and at minimum reuse and recycle. In the Pacific, we are facing questions on what to do with our own rubbish and imports that continue to float onto our shores. Recent reporting about the well-known “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” estimates that there are more … Continue reading Plastic Battle in the Pacific: Is it too late to win the bin war?

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