Strategic perspectives on the Indo-Pacific: Nuku'alofa

This episode provides an insight into how Tonga views the geopolitical struggle for power in the Indo-Pacific region.

Audio Published 26 March 2021 Updated 30 March 2021 18 minute listen

The Strategic Perspectives on the Indo-Pacific podcast follows the Chatham House research team as it travels to the United Kingdom, the United States, France, India, the Kingdom of Tonga and Japan to talk to strategic and policy experts about how they see the region evolving over the next few years. 

Recorded between September 2019 and March 2020, the series captures trends as they were before COVID-19 and the global lockdown. The research paper, Indo-Pacific strategies, perceptions and partnerships: The view from seven countries, continues the story as it developed over the following year.   

In this episode, recorded in February 2020, the team is in Nuku’alofa, at the home of the project’s Tongan partner, the Royal Oceania Institute. Research lead Cleo Paskal speaks with Ambassador Siamelie Latu and Lord Fakafanua.