Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania – Cleo Paskal The East-West Center released Asia Pacific Bulletins aiming to highlight key issues facing Oceania in 2018. The first article is a strategic overview of Oceania by Dr Cleo Paskal: “The confluence of major changes in all three of the ‘3 geos’ (geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical) is making the strategic picture in Oceania increasingly complex.” Paskal Cleo. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°413). East-West Center : Washington.
Measuring peace in the Pacific – Addressing SDG16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions – Murray Ackman, Dr Andrea Abel van Es. and Daniel Hyslop “This report aims to measure peace in the Pacific. It also seeks to enhance our understanding of the existing data and capacity to measure Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report is part of a larger research project by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Outlined within the report is why Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) is important to the Pacific, […]
A Guidebook on Pacific Diplomacy: India Looks to the ‘Far East’ – Patrick Walsh « Since his assumption to power in 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been slowly stretching the arm of the country’s foreign policy into Pacific waters in furtherance of the ‘Act East’ policy. While India’s relationship with the Pacific island states (read, not Australia and New Zealand) is quite unestablished, Modi is attempting to set the foundations for prosperous future cooperation. » Walsh, Patrick. 2017. « A Guidebook on Pacific Diplomacy: India Looks to the ‘Far East’ ». Observer Research Foundation 109 (Février) : 1-34
Crowded and complex: The changing geopolitics of the South Pacific – Joanne Wallis “Australia faces an increasingly crowded and complex geopolitical environment in the South Pacific. While the most important external powers in the region have traditionally been Australia, New Zealand, the US and France, which have long worked together as partners, a number of new powers are increasingly active, most notably China, Russia, Indonesia, Japan and India. South Pacific states, particularly Papua New Guinea and Fiji, are emerging as regional powers to constrain Australian influence.” Wallis, Joanne. 2017. “Crowded and complex: The changing of the South Pacific”, Australian Strategic Policy […]
Neo-Colonial France Back to the South Pacific & Why? – Cleo Paskal Cleo Paskal highlights the increasing commitment of France in the South Pacific region. The most striking event is its recent involvement in the Pacific Islands Forum via its territories and above all, the submarines sale to Australia. What does it mean for the French policymakers? Cleo Paskal gives us her answers.
France in the South Pacific: 1966-2006: Challenges and Changes – Nathalie Mrgudovic «This research focuses on a region that lies at the very opposite of the metropolis but where France is present thanks to three of its ultramarine entities, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. (…) This research has three main objectives. First, it intends to evaluate the foundations and the stakes of the establishment and maintenance of the French presence in the South Pacific. It then seeks to determine the diversity of interests that underpinned the challenge of French policy in the South Pacific by the States […]
Anxiety and Diminished Hope: The Potential Impact of Trump’s Presidency on Security in the Pacific Islands Region – Steven Ratuva Ratuva examines two contradictory scenarios – isolationism and militarization – in order to foresee Trump’s impact on the Pacific Island Countries. The author also measures the impact of the Trump’s climate change denial on those countries. Steven Ratuva (2017): “Anxiety and Diminished Hope: The Potential Impact of Trump’s Presidency on Security in the Pacific Islands Region”, The Round Table: 1-8
Teaching Oceania series: Militarism and nuclear testing – Joseph H. Genz et al. « The Teaching Oceania series is designed to serve the needs of undergraduate students of Pacific Islands Studies across Oceania and elsewhere. ». This volume seeks to shed light on « the impacts of militarization and nuclear testing in the Pacific Islands and on Pacific Islanders. ». Genz, Joseph H, Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Monica C LaBriola, Alexander Mawyer, Elicita N Morei, and John P Rosa. 2016. « Militarism and Nuclear Testing. Volume 1 of Teaching Oceania Series ». Monica LaBriola. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa.
The Pacific Islands in Chinese Geo‐strategic Thinking – Yu Chang Sen “Traditionally, the Pacific islands only play a marginal role in Chinese geostrategic thinking simply because they are small states far afield geographically. Yet, during the context of China’s rise and the changing architecture of international politics in the Asia-Pacific, the geostrategic importance of Pacific islands, in line with the significant economic implication often discussed, has become increasingly pronounced accordingly.” Yu Chang Sen (2015): “The Pacific Islands in Chinese Geo‐strategic Thinking”. National Center of Oceania Studies : China.
The New Pacific Diplomacy – Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte «Since 2009 there has been a fundamental shift in the way that the Pacific Island states engage with regional and world politics. The region has experienced, what Kiribati President Anote Tong has aptly called, a ‘paradigm shift’ in ideas about how Pacific diplomacy should be organised, and on what principles it should operate. Many leaders have called for a heightened Pacific voice in global affairs and a new commitment to establishing Pacific Island control of this diplomatic process. This change in thinking has been expressed in the establishment of new […]