The immense area of Oceania comprises states of extreme diversity in terms of size, population, economics, governance, and many other aspects, rendering generalizations difficult. All states in the sub-region, however, face increasing security threats from climate change, with its attendant impacts on environmental and human security. Small island states additionally face special challenges due to their tiny land areas, diminutive population sizes, limited economic bases, and geographical isolation. The sub-region is increasingly impacted by strategic competition among the great powers. While many small island nations are highly dependent on foreign aid, across the region trade with a large array of Pacific neighbors has a much larger economic impact. The region has developed a wide array of multilateral organizations, some strictly regional while others include distant partner nations, to enhance regional economic, security, and governance resilience.
The many, diverse states in Oceania face a wide array of security challenges, with many small Pacific island countries confronting truly existential threats from climate change.
The sub-region has become increasingly important in the global geopolitical realm, encompassing economic, governance, and security facets.
Myriad multilateral organizations, both within and beyond the sub-region, are working to build regional economic, governance, and security resilience.
Dr. Deon Canyon joined Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in 2016 after working at the University of Hawaii, Curtin University and James Cook University where he focused on global health protection, health security and crisis management. A Hawai‘i resident since 2011, Dr. Canyon is well regarded as a crisis scholar for his work on vector-borne disease, bioterrorism preparedness, crisis management auditing, and crisis leadership.
Dr. Ethan Allen joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in August, 2019. Previously, at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Dr. Allen oversaw the development and growth of PREL’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education programs throughout Hawaii and the other U.S. - Affiliated Pacific Islands. As a central part of this work, Dr. Allen served as Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Water for Life: Community Education for Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting in the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands program.