The third session of Pacific Forum’s US-Australia Indo-Pacific Conversation Series, held with support from the US Embassy Canberra and in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, will highlight the Allies’ respective approaches to the Pacific Islands. Considering the region’s strategic landscape, what role do these Large Ocean states play in the Indo-Pacific? How has big power competition impacted relations with Oceania’s island nations? How are their needs regarding their security and prosperity being addressed? Speakers will discuss Pacific Islands engagement with a particular focus on development, women’s empowerment, and climate security.
- Dr. Victoria Keener, Research Fellow, Pacific RISA, East-West Center
- Sandra Kraushaar, Director, Pacific Islands, The Asia Foundation
- Moderated by Karen Knudsen, former Director of External Affairs, East-West Center in Honolulu