“Recommendations from Papua New Guinea on How to Improve U.S. Posture in the Pacific” is the title of a paper co-written by Dr. Deon Canyon and Michael Kabuni for Security Nexus. This paper lists several explicit recommendations for how the U.S. can improve its posture in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The Pacific Ocean is a place of many small countries that need to strategically cooperate, not compete, to survive. The best way forward is for all nations to cooperate with each other as they tackle the greatest threats and make the world a safer place. The U.S. and China have different strengths in the Pacific and provided that each side’s intentions remain benign, they should be complementing each other’s interests and roles rather than competing. There are many regional bodies and forums that both countries could use to collaborate with member states as they provide working solutions that improve the lives of all people in the Pacific.

Dr. Deon Canyon is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Michael Kabuni is a researcher in the Political Science Department, University of Papua New Guinea.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of DKI APCSS, the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

Security Nexus is a peer-reviewed, online journal published by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.