The Shifting Geopolitics of the Pacific Region


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When: May 22 2019 - 12:00pm until May 22 2019 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Room 3121 (3rd Floor)

In the past two years, the Pacific Islands have reemerged as a region of geopolitical interest and tension, with newer development partners seeking more engagement and traditional partners seeking to reengage with Pacific island economies. What are the diplomatic, strategic and development implications for the region?

Using the recently launched Pacific Aid Map, a ground-breaking analytical tool designed to enhance aid effectiveness in the Pacific, Lowy Institute experts will unpack these dynamics and discuss the shifting geo-political implications for the region.


Jonathan Pryke, Director of the Lowy Institute's Pacific Islands Program, studies economic development in the Pacific Islands region, Australian-Melanesian relations, the role of aid and the private sector in Pacific Islands development, and regional labor mobility. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Sydney, a Masters of Public Policy (Development Policy), Masters of Diplomacy and Graduate Diploma in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University.

Alexandre Dayant, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, works on a new project mapping and analyzing foreign assistance in the Pacific. Prior to joining the Institute in 2017, Alexandre was a management consultant for PwC, where he worked on projects involving infrastructure, health, banking and telecommunications sectors. Before PwC, Alexandre completed master’s degrees in International & Development Economics (Australian National University) and Econometrics (La Sorbonne). 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies - University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Free admission/Limited seating

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Paid parking is available on the UHM campus

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Phone: 944-7111