“Perceptions of U.S. Posture in Papua New Guinea” is the title of a paper written by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon and Michael Kabuni for Security Nexus. This article compares the effects of U.S. posture on the relationship with Papua New Guinea, to that of the People’s Republic of China, along with other influences.
In Papua New Guinea (PNG), activities by the United States were highly visible in World War II, but have steadily declined ever since. This decay in international relations has been more obvious since the early 2000s when it is contrasted with the rise of Chinese-PNG relations on a political level and on a person-to-person level through infrastructure development and overseas education. The 2011-2012 Obama era Pivot and Rebalance to the Pacific produced a small increase in attention, but this soon waned and is already forgotten.
Dr. Deon Canyon is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Michael Kabuni is a researcher in the Political Science Department, University of Papua New Guinea. The views expressed in this article are the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the DKI APCSS or the United States Government.
Security Nexusis a peer-reviewed, online journal published by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.