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Konrad Adenauer Lecture 2023

"Security Issues for the Pacific Region "

The Konrad Adenauer Lecture Series is dedicated to enhancing understanding of Europe and Germany in Australia and the wider region. With the Indo-Pacific quickly gaining geo-political importance, it is vital in reciprocity to enhance understanding of the region to European stakeholders as well. The initiative is the culmination of a longstanding partnership between the ANU Centre for European Studies and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation with a regional representation in Canberra, covering Australia, New Zealand and 13 Pacific Island States.

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This year's KAS Lecture on "Security Issues for the Pacific Region " will be delivered by former President of the Republic of Kiribati and advocate for climate action and ocean conservation Anote Tong.

The growing geo-political importance of the Indo-Pacific has not only influenced European and Australian foreign and security policy strategies but has also posed new challenges for the island states situated in the region. In addition to climate-related challenges, Pacific nations have increasingly found themselves caught in the middle of great power struggles and the often-re-iterated mantra of a ‘friends to all and enemies to none’ neutrality has become harder to maintain. This has had implications for their own relations to major actors like the EU, the USA and China. In view of these developments, it is ever more important for these major actors to actively listen to Pacific partners and engage in solution-oriented dialogue based on common principles and joint interests, on an equal footing.

The lecture will be held in person and online. Registration to either option is required.

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In Partnership with: the ANU Centre for European studies

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  • Anote Tong
    • former President of the Republic of Kiribati and advocate for climate action and ocean conservation

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