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Tuvalu declares it will continue to exist even if it disappears

Sep 2023 - News

Tuvalu has made a bold proposition, asserting that it will continue to exist as a country, even if the island disappears due to rising sea levels.enshrined a new definition of statehood in its constitution Listen to the full report on ABC Pacific Beat (6 min)   Image: Romaine W/    

Senior Research Fellow Vacancy at Toda Peace Institute

Sep 2023 - News

Senior Research Fellow and Director Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament Toda Peace Institute   The Toda Peace Institute is searching for a Senior Research Fellow and Director of its Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament programme.  The position is currently held by Professor Thakur, who is retiring at the end of 2023. The Toda Peace Institute, therefore, invites applications for the position with the successful candidate expected to begin in January 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. We are looking for a Senior Academic and/or Global Policy maker with well-established networks of scholars, diplomats, national, regional and global officials and civil society contacts in the areas of co-operative security, arms control and disarmament. Although the Toda Peace Institute is located in Japan, the successful candidate could be located anywhere in the world as the Toda Peace Institute links its staff virtually most of the time, with annual or biennial in-person meetings in Tokyo. The Cooperative Security SRF will join a team of four other Senior Research Fellows working with the Director of the Toda Peace Institute, Professor Kevin P. Clements. Please visit for information on other thematic areas in the organisation and the past work of Professor Thakur in this area.  The position is .70 or .75 of a fulltime role and would suit someone nearing the end of their career or wishing to combine it with another part-time role. Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to: Provide intellectual and strategic leadership for the Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament programme of the Toda Peace Institute. Develop an annual research and practice plan for the programme. Commission Policy Briefs and Global Outlook publications for the Toda Peace Institute. Commission recorded (video/audio) Public Conversations with influentials in this field. Initiate specific research projects on co-operative security, arms control and disarmament for the 21st century. Organise (in collaboration with the Director) track 1.5 or 2.0 problem-solving workshops, seminars and conferences on specific 21st century challenges to co-operative security, arms control and disarmament. Give lectures relating to the programme. Maintain his/her own research and publication programme. Represent the Toda Peace Institute at appropriate international meetings and conferences. This position will require regular international travel. Work closely with the team of SRFs, Toda Peace Institute Tokyo office staff and other staff. Qualifications: Ph.D. or terminal degree in Politics/International Relations/Peace Research/ International law At least 10 years leadership in the academic and/or national, regional and multilateral policy worlds. Facilitation and collaborative problem-solving skills. High levels of emotional intelligence and cross-cultural sensitivity. A proven track record of excellence as a researcher and/or practitioner of peace and conflict resolution. Diplomatic experience is helpful. Negotiation experience and knowledge of existing arms control and disarmament measures. Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Application Procedure: Applications close on 1 November (Wed) 2023. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please send an application letter, CV and contact information for three professional references to Professor Kevin P. Clements, Director the Toda Peace Institute at Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For further information please contact Professor Kevin Clements at the above address.        

Interview: Politics of India's Nuclear Policies

Sep 2023 - News

In this interview, Professor Ramesh Thakur, Senior Research Fellow of the Toda Peace Institute, discusses the politics of India's nuclear policies, its interest in joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and bilateral relations with New Zealand. The larger context is the changing Indo-Pacific geopolitical order and the China-India-Japan equations as a major driver of that order. He also identifies areas where India and New Zealand could potentially cooperate in nudging the world towards nuclear risk reductions and disarmament. Listen to the interview here (28'46")   Image: Fly Of Swallow Studio/    

'Grassroots action' could address climate change in Micronesia

Jul 2023 - News

A new report has found practical solutions to address climate change in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) including raising roads and using mangrove forests. Climate variability and extreme events have brought unprecedented challenges to remote atoll communities of Micronesia, especially in the state of Yap. Major changes expected include heatwaves, stronger typhoons, a declining ecosystem, threatened food security and increased health issues. Read more from Radio New Zealand Pacific News. Image: Colonia, in the state of Yap, Federated States of Micronesiatank200bar/  

Vanuatu's Climate Minister tells Australia to stop investing in fossil fuel projects

Jun 2023 - News

Vanuatu's Climate Minister Ralph Regenvanu has accused Australia of not recognising the Pacific's biggest security threat — climate change. He wants Australia to invest more money into the renewable sector. Listen to an interview with Ralph Regenvanu from ABC's Pacific Beat which was broadcast on 5 June 2023. Image: Ralph Regenvanu (Facebook)