It’s 2024. Heading towards the halfway mark of this decade, the Pacific’s landscape is vastly different from four years ago, gripped in a steadily escalating set of challenges that may well define what the next decade will look like for the region.
The failure of COP28 upping the climate ante for already besieged Pacific Island states, as well as the overarching struggle for dominance in the region by the world’s biggest powers frame the larger context for a region whose recovery from pandemic-wreaked devastation remains hampered by continuing supply chain disruptions, record inflation . . .