AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific – David Dewitt, Mary Young, Alex Brouse and Jinelle Piereder “Our focus is on Canadian defence and security activities in the Asia Pacific arena between 1990 and 2015. While governments have asserted the growing primacy of the Asia Pacific, we ask the following: What does Canada’s recent military and security record tell us about the policies and operational aspects of Canadian engagement? How might we assess these in comparison with Ottawa’s declared importance of the Asia Pacific? What might this tell us about the near-term future of Canada’s role and […]
Britain’s new Pacific presence – Cleo Paskal “The UK, not as blinded by a short-term economic agenda and with a global perspective, can bring a new layer of Oceania analysis to the Five Eyes. It looks keen to give France a run for its money as the go-to European voice in the Indo-Pacific. And it may also suddenly find itself with many more new voting island friends in the UN and elsewhere.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/are-uk-s-new-diplomatic-posts-game-changer
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The French Pacific Territories and Free Trade – Jeremy Ellero “The integration of the French territories into the wider drivers in Oceania would induce a modernization of the growth fundamentals and a homogenization of the level of economic development of the Pacific islands.” Ellero, Jeremy. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: The French Pacific Territories and Free Trade”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°421). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: Customary Land Rights and Pacific Islands Security & Stability – Iati Iati “Over the past several decades, efforts to achieve greater development through a neo‐liberal, market‐based agenda have led to the intensification of programs to reform customary land tenure in the Pacific. There are two approaches to achieving this: the abolition model, and the adaptation model. The abolition model views customary land tenure as a barrier to entrepreneurship and private sector investment that needs to be abolished.” Iati Iati. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin:Customary Land Rights and Pacific Islands Security & Stability”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°419). East-West Center : […]
Baseless rumours: why talk of a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu misses the point – Dan McGarry “Despite the fact that Australia remains the largest donor in Vanuatu and the Pacific, analysts suggest that China has stolen a march on it by ingratiating itself with politicians who see infrastructure projects as vote getters.” Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/11/baseless-rumours-why-talk-of-a-chinese-military-installation-in-vanuatu-misses-the-point
The many questions about China’s Vanuatu ambition – Rory Medcalf “There are several plausible reasons for China to want access or presence for its armed forces in the South Pacific. (…), perhaps China seeks a security footprint to enable its training of the forces of small island states as it extends influence over them. This may have some capacity-building benefits but also amounts to direct competition with Australia and New Zealand.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/many-questions-about-china-s-vanuatu-ambition
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The Role of the French Military on Key Issues for Oceania – Hélène Goiran “France has the second largest EEZ in the world (11 million square kilometers) located mainly in the Pacific (about 60%), and is responsible for protecting the fragile maritime environment and its extensive fishing, mineral, and energy resources.” Goiran, Hélène. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: The Role of the French Military on Key Issues for Oceania”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°416). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia-Fiji Relations in 2018: Finding a New Normal – Richard Herr “Finding a new but mutually supported equilibrium is not entirely a bilateral process ‐ there is a “dragon in the room” which cannot be ignored. (…) Australia knows that Fiji sees China as providing an economic, diplomatic and aid alternative to traditional friends that was not available in previous decades.” Herr, Richard. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia-Fiji Relations in 2018: Finding a New Normal”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°418). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: Japan’s Oceania Engagement and Maritime Security – Rieko Hayakawa “Over the past decade, the Nippon Foundation has not only provided patrol boats to Micronesian countries, but also established a dialogue between Micronesian countries, as well as with the United States and Australia. In January 2018, the Nippon Foundation handed over the sub‐regional maritime coordination center in Palau.” Haykawa, Rieko. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Japan’s Oceania Engagement and Maritime Security”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°417). East-West Center : Washington.
Asia Pacific Bulletin: The United States is Losing the Pacific – Ben Bohane “From a Pacific Islands perspective the United States is no longer visible, apart from an annual “Pacific Partnership” visit by the US navy. Washington rarely sends high‐level diplomats to visit Pacific nations, and does not attend the most important regional gatherings, such as the annual meeting of island leaders known as the Pacific Island Forum (PIF).” Bohane, Ben. 2018. “The United States is Losing the Pacific”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°414). East-West Center : Washington.