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Asia-Pacific Profile: Susi Pudjiastuti

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Who is she? Susi Pudjiastuti has been the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia since 2014. She is known for her strong personality and tough stance on illegal fishing. Prior to being appointed as Minister, Ms. Susi had … Continue reading

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Why Marine Protected Areas Matter

On August 26, 2016, the Obama Administration announced the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument northwest of Hawaii from 360,000 to 1.5 million sq km. It is the largest no-take marine protected area (MPA) and the largest protected area in … Continue reading

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Pacific Small Island States Unify for Climate Finance

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While much of the world is still thinking about Brexit and its implications for their economy, Pacific island nations are racing against the rising waters as well as funding opportunities for climate resilience. As I’ve written previously, small island states … Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific Profile: Myint Swe

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Photo credit: Taro Taylor; Creative Commons   Who is Myint Swe? Born June 24, 1961, Myint Swe is a retired general and one of two newly-inaugurated Vice Presidents of Myanmar. His resume includes posts as the head of the military … Continue reading

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Samoa Elections: Slow Advance for Women

In elections on March 4, Samoans showed their resounding support for the governing Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). Under the leadership of long-time Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the HRPP won 44 of the 49 seats in parliament. Among those … Continue reading

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Top 5 Stories to Follow in the South Pacific in 2016

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  National Elections This year, there will be national elections in Australia, Kiribati, Nauru and Samoa. Australia’s relatively new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be tested at the polls, and we are yet to see whether the public concentrates on … Continue reading

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Gender Equality in Australia’s International Development Program

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This post is part of a longer research paper.  It was adapted for the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association Conference in Dallas, Texas, on January 31, 2015. The Australian aid program follows the international convention of pursuing gender equality … Continue reading

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