Women, Peace and Security in the South Pacific

Susan Hutchinson

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    The Asia Pacific may be the most militarised region of the world, but security concerns do not simply lie with high end threat of state on state conflict. There are a range of fragile states in the south Pacific where stability is threatened by a range of human security challenges. It is important to consider Women, Peace and Security as part of a broader strategy for security and stability across the pacific. Advancing WPS in the pacific fits well with PACOM efforts to build stronger relationships in the region to advance common interests and address shared threats. In 2012, the Pacific Islands Forum released both a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and a Human Security Framework. There is strong engagement from civil society across the Pacific on Women, Peace and Security. The Pacific Islands Forum Reference Group on organisations. The Australian government has identified WPS as a key component of new regional aid program, but diplomatic and aid efforts need increase from a range of donors and allies. Women, Peace and Security could be one issue which PACOM coordinates with federal partners and NGOs in the region. Regional cooperation, stabilisation and disaster relief activities could be used to reinforce Women, Peace and Security efforts and bilateral exercises like Exercise TALISMAN SABRE could prioritise Women, Peace and Security, as could other bilateral and multilateral exercises with military and police forces from the South Pacific.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventWomen, Peace, and Security. Constructive Pathways: Stimulating and Safeguarding Components of WPS - U.S. Naval War College. Newport. Rhode Island
    Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …


    ConferenceWomen, Peace, and Security. Constructive Pathways: Stimulating and Safeguarding Components of WPS
    Period1/01/15 → …


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