Regional security has always meant different things to different people. Recent damaging cyclones in Vanuatu and in Fiji have underlined the vulnerabilityâ€”and yet also the resilienceâ€”of small Pacific island countries; much of the regionâ€™s rhetoric on climate change also asserts the regionâ€™s vulnerability as a primary consideration. Recent focus on the growth of the private security sector in the Pacific has underlined gaps in national and regional governance frameworks. Australiaâ€™s latest Defence White Paper, released in March 2016, has re-asserted Australiaâ€™s claim to be the regionâ€™s principal security partner; Australiaâ€™s new Pacific Maritime Security Initiative is a major new commitment. Even so, â€˜nontraditionalâ€™ players remain activeâ€”and perhaps increasingly soâ€”in the region. How effectively are governments in the region responding to new and emerging security challenges and do existing regional processes, such as the Biketawa Declaration and the Forum Regional Security Committee, remain fit-for-purpose?
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||unknown - Australian National University|
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …
|Period||1/01/17 → …|