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Book Launch

Wednesday 21 September 2016 6.00pm-7.00pm

HE Mr Charles Lepani, Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to Australia will launch The New Pacific Diplomacy, edited by Mr Greg Fry and Dr Sandra Tarte, on Wednesday 21 September 2016 in the Atrium, Hedley Bull Building, Corner Liversidge and Garran Roads, ANU Campus.

About The New Pacific Diplomacy

“Since 2009 there has been a fundamental shift in the way that the Pacific Island states engage with regional and world politics. The region has experienced, what Kiribati President Anote Tong has aptly called, a ‘paradigm shift’ in ideas about how Pacific diplomacy should be organised, and on what principles it should operate. Many leaders have called for a heightened Pacific voice in global affairs and a new commitment to establishing Pacific Island control of this diplomatic process. This change in thinking has been expressed in the establishment of new channels and arenas for Pacific diplomacy at the regional and global levels and new ways of connecting the two levels through active use of intermediate diplomatic associations.

The New Pacific Diplomacy brings together a range of analyses and perspectives on these dramatic new developments in Pacific diplomacy at sub-regional, regional and global levels, and in the key sectors of global negotiation for Pacific states – fisheries, climate change, decolonisation, and trade.”

Download the publication.

This is an open event and IFDT participants are invited to attend.

Forum Dinner

Thursday, 22 September 2016 A Gala Dinner, available only to IFDT attendees, will be held on the evening of 22 September 2016 at the Australian War Memorial (AWM).

Bringing together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is a moving and insightful experience for both young and old. Guests will discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of people and events that shaped Australia. Dinner guests will be treated to a unique experience including a tour of the War Memorial as well as a welcome speech by the AWM’s Director, the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson. Dr Nelson is a former Australian Government Minister and former Australian Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg and Australia’s Special Representative to NATO.

Further details will be given closer to the event.

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