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The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2016

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2016 Debates over climate action, West Papua, fisheries, and trade continued as a feature of regional affairs in 2016, often dividing Pacific governments and their international partners. The election of Donald Trump as US president in November set the stage for these divisions to continue, given Trump’s statements during the election ­ ampaign on climate change and America’s new directions in foreign policy. Other global events during the year—including the Brexit referendum in June, international movement of refugees and economic slowdown in China, Russia, and India—will have significant regional implications. Even as vibrant Pacific diplomacy saw advances on climate, oceans, and fisheries policy, the new era of international uncertainty creates problems for Small Island Developing States (sids). Leadership changes in the United States and Europe are transforming relations between allies, creating clashes between European Union (EU) partners and sowing doubt about international treaty commitments on trade, climate, development funding, and security. That’s bad news for smaller developing nations, as the proverb suggests: “When the elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” Although regional organizations found it hard to forge consensus on divisive issues, island nations still advanced the regional agenda in the United Nations. Countries like Fiji are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2016

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 29 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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Abstract

Debates over climate action, West Papua, fisheries, and trade continued as a feature of regional affairs in 2016, often dividing Pacific governments and their international partners. The election of Donald Trump as US president in November set the stage for these divisions to continue, given Trump’s statements during the election ­ ampaign on climate change and America’s new directions in foreign policy. Other global events during the year—including the Brexit referendum in June, international movement of refugees and economic slowdown in China, Russia, and India—will have significant regional implications. Even as vibrant Pacific diplomacy saw advances on climate, oceans, and fisheries policy, the new era of international uncertainty creates problems for Small Island Developing States (sids). Leadership changes in the United States and Europe are transforming relations between allies, creating clashes between European Union (EU) partners and sowing doubt about international treaty commitments on trade, climate, development funding, and security. That’s bad news for smaller developing nations, as the proverb suggests: “When the elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” Although regional organizations found it hard to forge consensus on divisive issues, island nations still advanced the regional agenda in the United Nations. Countries like Fiji are

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Published: Aug 9, 2017

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