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East-West Center to Host High-Level Pacific Islands Dialogue
HONOLULU (Jan. 19, 2011) -- The East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program will be hosting a high-level dialogue on Pacific island issues January 25-26 at the Center’s campus in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

The private State of the Pacific Dialogue” will bring together senior representatives and scholars from a number of Pacific island nations, along with other countries deeply engaged in the region, including Australia, Japan, and the United States, to undertake a broad review of regional developments across Oceania and analysis of emerging trends that are likely to shape the policy environment in the region. In addition, the “track 1.5” dialogue will include participation by several former officials, a select group of scholars, and civil society representatives. The dialogue will focus on both South Pacific and North Pacific island entities.

East-West Center President Charles E. Morrison, who will chair the meeting, noted, “Our overall goal for the dialogue is to improve understanding of contemporary regional dynamics while examining ideas that may help manage differences. I hope we can broaden perspectives about how to move forward collectively on important issues of concern.”

For a number of years EWC has facilitated dialogue in the Pacific Islands region, most notably through the “talanoa” process organized by Pacific Islands Development Program Director Dr. Sitiveni Halapua.

Specific objectives of the dialogue include:

  • Assessing economic, political and social challenges facing the region;
  • Identifying common interests in the region in light of the impacts of globalization and increased resource competition; and,
  • Formulating proposals for strengthening cooperation among countries in the region.

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The EAST-WEST CENTER promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

The Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to assist Pacific islands leaders in advancing their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development consistent with the goals of the region's people.