1. RIGHTS, REPRESENTATION AND LEGITIMACY IN FIJI’S POLITICS

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    Professor Stewart Firth Research Fellow, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program College of Asia and the Pacific Australian National University Wednesday, 10 December 2014 Stewart Firth has been interested in the Pacific Islands since teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea in its early years. He also taught at the University of Hawaii, and from 1998 to 2004 he was Professor of Politics at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. In between came a couple of decades teaching politics and international relations at Macquarie University in Australia. Professor Firth coedited The 2006 Military Takeover in Fiji: A Coup to End All Coups? (ANU Press 2009) and wrote Australia in International Politics: An Introduction to Australian Foreign Policy (3rd ed; Allen & Unwin 2011).

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    • Dawn TV News coverage of the East-West Center National Alumni Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan, October 17-20, 2014

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      From October 17-20, 38 Pakistani journalists from across the country gathered in Islamabad to reflect and strategize on the future of media in Pakistan at the National Alumni Conference for the East-West Center’s Deepening Democracy through Media in Pakistan project. The four year project (2011-2014), funded by the US Embassy in Islamabad, was designed to promote free, fair and responsible media in Pakistan to help the country cope with the political and developmental challenges and to bridge the gaps in understanding between the United States and Pakistan. The cornerstone activity of the project was the Pakistan-US Journalists Exchange program, which brought 30 Pakistani journalists to the United States and 26 American journalists to Pakistan over four years, but also included Pakistani journalists’ participation in East-West Center’s on-going multilateral study and travel programs the Jefferson Fellowships and Senior Journalists Seminar.

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      • Our Road is the Sea

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        Our Road is the Sea Dr. Sitiveni Halapua Friday, September 26, 2014 Dr. Sitiveni Halapua is the Co-Director of the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program and a member of Parliament in the Kingdom of Tonga. In this address to the participants of the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan, Dr. Halapua shares his experiences with re-thinking a sustainable solution to sea transport challenges to/from the remote Tongan islands of Niuatoputapu, Tafahi and Niuafo‘ou. He discusses the disconnect between the formal regional integration processes in the Pacific Islands and the needs of people outside the capital cities by talking about his attempts to design, finance, and build a ‘boat for the poor’ that suits the unique needs and situation of people in his ancestral home islands.

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        • East-West Center, Timber Frame, Barn, Meditation Room

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          I made a sketch for a barn, that has a meditation room on top, all made in Timber Frame, and with a possibility to make an ecologic insulation with hempcrete. I did it to give the people of the East-West Center in Villers-devant-Orval a view on a possible way to build a nice ecological construction.

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          • Atoll Habitability Thresholds

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            Mr. Mark Stege Councilman, Maloelap Atoll Local Council East-West Center Thursday, September 25, 2014 Climate-induced human migration makes a quiet but notable appearance in the third U.S. National Climate Assessment released in May. It comes in chapter 23, in the form of a ‘key message’ to the 100,000 or so atoll inhabitants within the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands region: “Mounting threats to food and water security, infrastructure, and public health and safety are expected to lead to increasing human migration from low to high elevation islands and continental sites.” Though a number of efforts are underway to address the need for displacement planning, there remains little research, however, on ways to operationalize displacement planning at a local scale. Stege discusses a participatory management tool that is designed to empower atoll communities by engaging them in an empirical, solution-oriented decision-making process based on the notion of atoll habitability thresholds. He develops an evidence base for atoll habitability thresholds, drawing from state-of-the-art research across selected thematic areas including flood risk, water security, and community resilience. Mark Stege operates a Marshallese owned consulting firm focusing on education, environment, and heritage, and is an elected council member of the Maloelap Atoll Council in the Marshall Islands. He recently completed a 12-month fellowship at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and the Sabin Climate Change Center for Law, as part of an M.A. in Climate and Society at Columbia University, following 12 years of research and professional experience in a broad range of Pacific Island affairs with emphasis on the Micronesian region.

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            • Hawaii-Pacific Highlights of the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment (from East-West Center)

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              A panel of experts who contributed to the Hawaii & Pacific Islands section of the 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment discuss regional highlights of the assessment report. Featuring: • Victoria Keener, Research Fellow, East-West Center & Lead Principal Investigator, Pacific RISA • John Marra, Coastal Geology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration • Thomas Giambelluca, Climatology and Hydrology, University of Hawai‘i • Deanna Spooner, Environmental Policy and Management, Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative • Steve Miller, Endangered Species Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service • Maxine Burkett, Environmental Law, University of Hawai‘i • Jeffrey Polovina, Ecosystems and Oceanography, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Filmed at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii May 6, 2014

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              • Asia Matters for America and East-West Center in Washington Director Dr. Satu Limaye featured on BBC World News

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                BBC World News interviews Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington, and Tomohiko Taniguchi, an adivsor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the occasion of President Obama's trip to Asia. The segment, aired on April 22, 2014, features Mr. Taniguchi and Dr. Limaye discussing the importance of US-Asia ties. The East-West Center's "Asia Matters for America" initiative is highlighted, with data and graphics on the economic relationship between US states and the Asia-Pacific reproduced from www.AsiaMattersforAmerica.org on screen during the segment. BBC World News has given permission for this clip to be shared by the East-West Center.

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                • Jacob Mathew on Press Freedoms

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                  At a keynote luncheon address at the 2014 East-West Center International Media Conference in Yangon Myanmar, Indian newspaper executive Jacob Mathew discusses "The River of Freedoms": How press freedom and other human freedoms are integral to the development of Myanmar as it moves towards democracy; challenges the global press faces from governments, sub-nationalist forces, even the judiciary; global press trends; challenges facing newspapers from social media; how to deal with intolerance and hate speech. March 10, 2014

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                  • Courage in Journalism – Stories of Bravery and Determination

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                    A special keynote dinner panel at the East-West International Media Conference in Yangon, Myanmar on March 10, 2014 featuring four journalists who have overcome confinement, torture and abuse for their reporting. With: -- U WIN TIN, a Founder of National League for Democracy (NLD); Journalist Imprisoned for 18 Years, Yangon, Myanmar (comments delivered for U Win Tin by Dr. PE MYINT) --Najiba AYUBI, Director, The Killid Group of Local Radio and National Magazine News Outlets; 2013 Courage in Journalism Award from International Women’s Media Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan --Umar CHEEMA, Investigative Journalist, The News International; Co-founder, Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan, 2011 Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award, Islamabad, Pakistan --Roxana SABERI, Senior Producer/Reporter, Al Jazeera America, Recipient of the Medill Medal of Courage, New York City, New York, USA Moderator: Barbara TRIONFI

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                    • Civic Media’s Challenges and Opportunities

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                      2014 East-West Center International Media Conference Yangon, Myanmar Ethan ZUCKERMAN, Director, Center for Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Principal Research Scientist and Cyberscholar, Media Lab, MIT; Co-founder, Global Voices, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Moderator: Amy MCCOBMS, Professor and Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri, USA

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