Noon Seminar: Contemporary Security Challenges In The Pacific Islands


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When: Apr 10 2019 - 12:00pm until Apr 10 2019 - 1:00pm
Where: East-West Center, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/25

Pacific Islands Development Program and Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa present

Contemporary Security Challenges in the Pacific Islands


Research from Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Anna Powles
Senior Lecturer in Security Studies
Centre for Defence and Security Studies


Mr. Jose Sousa-Santos
Research Scholar
Joint Centre for Disaster Research

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/25 (3rd floor)
Open to the public

Dr. Powles holds positions as the Co-Director of the Security, Politics and Development Network, which focuses on cross-cutting security dynamics in the Pacific region, is a member of the New Zealand Pacific Reset Advisory Group, and Director of Women In International Security New Zealand. Her research is concerned with the need to reconsider the nature of security in the Pacific Islands region and the implications for crisis management. Her current research and professional activities are focused on the New Zealand Pacific reset; the external and sub-regional dynamics shaping the regional order in the Pacific Islands, including the role of China, the United States and other actors; climate security in the Pacific; and New Zealand-Australian alliance relations in the Pacific.

Mr. Sousa-Santos’s current research examines the nexus between climate insecurity and transnational crime in the Philippines and Tonga; trends and drivers for transnational crime in the Pacific Islands; and the nexus between transnational crime and terrorism in the Asia-Pacific. He currently serves as a subject matter expert on transnational crime and terrorism with United States INDO PACOM / Special Operations Command Pacific executive educational cadre and is a member of the New Zealand Pacific Reset Advisory Group. He formally held positions with the United Nations, the Australian Defence Force and the New Zealand Police.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: PIDP