Pacific Partners Initiative

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A hub for United States policy focus on Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Countries.


The Pacific Partners Initiative is led by Ernest Bower, Senior Adviser and Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, and Dr. Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair.


The Pacific Partners Initiative is the first Washington-based policy & think tank forum dedicated to providing a sustained high-level focus on Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island countries.  The Initiative encompasses dedicated programs, research-based studies and publications, active online outreach, and a trilateral “track 2” dialogue driven by CSIS and leading think tanks in Australia and New Zealand.

The Pacific Partners Initiative was launched in July 2011 and reflects CSIS’ focus on the strategic importance of Asia to the United States.  President Obama’s strategic pivot to Asia and his November 2011 announcement of his plans rotate U.S. forces through Darwin, Australia, reflect the increasing importance of the Pacific region.  The Initiative is the first Washington-based resource of this nature, and is a valuable tool in both examining and strengthening the growing relationships between the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island countries.  For more information, please view the "CSIS Creates New Policy Platform Dedicated to New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands: The Pacific Partners Initiative" press release.

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Follow important policy developments in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands;  participate in Pacific Partners Initiative and Studies by:

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On-Going Work

  • The CSIS Sumitro Djojohadikusumo Banyan Tree Leadership Forum  is the premier Washington venue for discussion on vital issues impacting Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific.

  • Pacific Partners Outlook

    This is the monthly newsletter of the Pacific Partners Initiative, highlighting recent news, upcoming events, and insightful expert analysis regarding Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

  • The Tolkienesque Bridge in Queensland from Flickr\Stuck in Customs

    This is a major review of the U.S.-New Zealand bilateral relationship that made recommendations to elevate the relationship from its strong foundation.

  • A series of high level conferences that bring U.S. and Asia Pacific leaders together to discuss their bilateral relationships, one country at a time.

  • Tourists and dance performers

    Discussing affairs of the region with Southeast Asia's Leaders

  • The U.S.-Australia Speaker Series seeks to spotlight the enduring ties and common interests between the United States and Australia.

    Made possible by BHP Billiton.

  • 1935 Pan American Pacific Map; Photo courtesy of Tom Wigley's Flickr photostream,

    Real-time conversations between fellows from CSIS and Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy on the foreign policy topics that matter to Washington and Canberra.

  • CSIS Asia Program Blog: CogitASIA

    There has never been as great a need for a serious and sustained policy discussion on Asia in Washington. Join that discussion on our blog.

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