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Is Climate Change Driving a New South Pacific Security Architecture?

Sealift Solomon IslandsThis is a cross-post by Nicholas Burke from Relief Analysis Wire.

Last week, an inaugural meeting of South Pacific defense ministers took place in Tonga–an initiative spearheaded by Australia. Present were Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, France, Chile, and (as an observer), the United States. Front and center on the agenda was collaboration on humanitarian and disaster relief operations, maritime surveillance, and plans to conduct joint exercises throughout the region. (more…)

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