Pacific Ocean

By The Numbers: Aid in the Pacific

$960 million The amount allocated in Australia’s 2014-15 budget for aid to Pacific Island countries in U.S. dollars. This represents around 20 percent of Australia’s overall aid budget and makes it the single largest donor in the region, accounting for…

The Leaderboard: Joe Natuman

Who is he? Joe Natuman is the newly-installed prime minister of Vanuatu. He was educated at the University of the South Pacific, and served as private secretary to the country’s first Prime Minister, Walter Lini. In 1995, he was elected…

APEC: Continuity & Evolution

By Monica Whaley Enough with the ‘clever’ jibes about silly shirts or acronym fatigue. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a robust, reliable and flexible “multi-tool” in the United States’ foreign and economic policy toolkit that has served U.S. interests effectively…