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    International Politics in the Pacific: Navigating geostrategic competition

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    Arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. 

    The Pacific region is increasingly considered a ‘strategic theatre’ by large and middle sized powers globally. This is true both in Washington DC and Beijing; along with states from western Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere stepping up diplomatic, economic and defence engagement with the region, often as part of broader ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategies.

    This creates threats and opportunities for Pacific countries and New Zealand alike. While some see the increased external economic investment, diplomatic focus and greater attention on climate change in the Pacific as encouraging, significant doubts remain that the involvement of external powers adequately benefits Pacific peoples who are disproportionately bearing the brunt of environmental damage and global inequalities.

    This panel discussion will address these issues and more, with perspectives from world-class experts on international affairs in the Pacific. The panel will be made up of a selection of:

    • Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva, University of Canterbury
    • Dr Meg Keen, Lowy Institute
    • Dr Anna Powles, Massey University
    • Dr Iati Iati, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
    • Maureen Penjeuli, Pacific Network on Globilisation
    • Prof Rouben Azizian, Massey University and NZIIA Auckland Branch
    • Dr Mathew Doidge, University of Canterbury
    • Dr Guy Fiti Sinclair, University of Auckland (rapporteur)

    This event is organised by New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, with grateful thanks to funding from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

    Attendance is free. Pre-registration is required.  Food and drink will be provided.

    This event will be filmed and photographed for later use in NZIIA communications. 

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