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:

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. 

The Indo-Pacific: Geostrategic Perspectives 2019-24

18 February 2020, 12:00pm to 4:30pm

Langafonua Centre – NUKU’ALOFA – Tonga

The Royal Oceania Institute in conjunction with Chatham House is hosting a closed-door roundtable exploring the possible strategic shifts in the Indo-Pacific between now and 2024. Focusing on trade security, climate change disruptions and security cooperation, it aims to enhance the understanding of the regional goals of, and strategic relationships between, the key countries active in the region.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

Roundtable discussions to be held at the Langafonua Centre on 18 February 2020