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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 turn bring complex international con- Papua, fisheries, and trade contin- flicts into regional organizations. One ued as a feature of regional affairs in example during 2016 was the debate 2016, often dividing Pacific govern- over self-determination in West Papua, ments and their international partners. which has brought divisions to both The election of Donald Trump as US the Pacific Islands Forum (pif) and president in November set the stage Melanesian Spearhead Group (msg) for these divisions to continue, given that consensus communiqués cannot Trump’s statements during the elec- paper over. tion campaign on climate change and Beyond the human and economic America’s new directions in foreign cost, climate change and natural disas- policy. ters are also contributing to broader Other global events during the strategic changes in the region. After year—including the Brexit referendum Cyclone Winston in Fiji, Australia in June, international movement of and New Zealand deployed warships refugees and economic slowdown in and helicopters for post-cyclone relief, China, Russia, and India—will have China and India provided fund- significant regional implications. ing, and Indonesian soldiers rebuilt Even as vibrant Pacific diplomacy schools, highlighting how environment saw advances on climate, oceans, and issues 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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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

Debates over climate action, West turn bring complex international con- Papua, fisheries, and trade contin- flicts into regional organizations. One ued as a feature of regional affairs in example during 2016 was the debate 2016, often dividing Pacific govern- over self-determination in West Papua, ments and their international partners. which has brought divisions to both The election of Donald Trump as US the Pacific Islands Forum (pif) and president in November set the stage Melanesian Spearhead Group (msg) for these divisions to continue, given that consensus communiqués cannot Trump’s statements during the elec- paper over. tion campaign on climate change and Beyond the human and economic America’s new directions in foreign cost, climate change and natural disas- policy. ters are also contributing to broader Other global events during the strategic changes in the region. After year—including the Brexit referendum Cyclone Winston in Fiji, Australia in June, international movement of and New Zealand deployed warships refugees and economic slowdown in and helicopters for post-cyclone relief, China, Russia, and India—will have China and India provided fund- significant regional implications. ing, and Indonesian soldiers rebuilt Even as vibrant Pacific diplomacy schools, highlighting how environment saw advances on climate, oceans, and issues are

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Published: Aug 9, 2017

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