Welcome

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

Geography
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.

Topics
This forum intends to concentrate on the following areas:

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

Recent Posts

A Ruddy chapter in Australian politics: on the anniversary of the coup and faceless men

Do Australians have any reason to trust politicians and their ability to solve problems, 10 years on from “the coup”? A recent exposé of corruption in the Victorian Labor Party shows that the same dirty tricks and power politics continue to be at play. 23 June 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of “the coup that … Continue reading A Ruddy chapter in Australian politics: on the anniversary of the coup and faceless men

‘You can make it happen or watch it happen’: Australians, the NBA & NFL

Pitched as “the best excuse to take Monday off,” in Australia, participating in the American tradition of the Super Bowl has become easier and more popular as television networks, gamling outlets and bars seek to capitalise on Australians’ growing fondness of American sports leagues. This year it is particularly relevant, with eyes on Australian Mitch … Continue reading ‘You can make it happen or watch it happen’: Australians, the NBA & NFL

The Pacific Agency Australian Prime Minister Morrison Didn’t Visit in the Solomon Islands

Headquartered in Honiara, Solomon Islands, the Forum Fisheries Agency is one of the most important advisory bodies in the Pacific islands. This year, it’s marking 40 years of facilitating regional cooperation and providing technical assistance for offshore fisheries management, especially around highly valuable tuna stocks (which are on track to return $1b to the region). … Continue reading The Pacific Agency Australian Prime Minister Morrison Didn’t Visit in the Solomon Islands

Presidents of the Freely Associated States Meet at the White House

In my first article for the Lowy Interpreter, I offered a different perspective on the historic meeting between the presidents of the Republic of Palau (Tommy Remengesau), Republic of the Marshall Islands (Hilda Heine), the Federated States of Micronesia (David Panuelo), and the United States (Donald Trump). While the Trump Administration can take credit for … Continue reading Presidents of the Freely Associated States Meet at the White House

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