We are pleased to host our first event of the year…
17 February 2020, 11:00am to 12:00pm
ROI Office – NUKU’ALOFA – Tonga
As strategic and economic competition heats up in the region, the Kingdom of Tonga is becoming increasingly important to old and new partners. The United Kingdom is reopening its High Commission in Nuku’alofa. The United States chose Tonga to be the first Pacific Islands country to partner with the U.S. National Guards. France has not only joined the Pacific Island Forum, it is ramping up naval engagement and port visits, including in Tonga. Japan has reinvigorated its Pacific policies. India has declared that growing relations in the Pacific beyond Fiji is a priority.
For Tonga to take full advantage of this renewed interest, it helps to know what is motivating its potential partners. This talk looks at Tonga’s changing strategic and economic environment. It draws on a year-long Chatham House project researching strategic shifts in the wider Indo-Pacific.
Open to the public, however space is limited. To ensure entry, please RSVP by 15 February 2020 to: email@example.com
Cleo Paskal is an Associate Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme and the Energy, Environment and Resources department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. She works with academia, government, national security professionals, the defence community and others to better understand, explain, anticipate and resolve today’s complex challenges. She is the Research Lead on Chatham House’s ‘Perceptions of Strategic Shifts in the Indo-Pacific to 2024’ project.