Security in Oceania in the 21st Century (Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies)

Security in Oceania in the 21st Century – Eric Shibuya and Jim Rolfe «Where there has been attention focused on security issues for small island states, they have tended towards what has happened or can happen to island states rather than what island states can do to enhance their own security outlook. Prominent discussions of security in general, or even of Asia-Pacific security, have not taken the concerns of island states into much account, if at all.» Shibuya, Eric and Jim Rolfe. 2003. Security in Oceania in the 21st Century. Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies : Hawaii

Principled engagement: Rebuilding defence ties with Fiji (Lowy Institute For International Policy)

Principled engagement: Rebuilding defence ties with Fiji – Anna Powles and Jose Sousa-Santos «The geopolitics of the Pacific Islands region is changing, including theemergence of the new Pacific regionalism. The traditional regionalsecurity orthodoxy is also changing. The Russian arms deal to Fiji hasunderlined the extent to which Australia and New Zealand facecompetition for access and influence from external players in theirrelations with Fiji. Since the normalisation of relations in 2014, Australiaand New Zealand have pursued a soft approach to engagement.» Powles, Anna et Jose Sousa-Santos. 2016. « Principled engagement: Rebuilding defence ties with Fiji »Lowy Institute for International Policy (Juillet) […]

A Guidebook on Pacific Diplomacy: India Looks to the ‘Far East’ (Observer Research Foundation)

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

Islands, extraction and violence: Mining and the politics of scale in Island Melanesia (Political Geography)

Islands, extraction and violence: Mining and the politics of scale in Island Melanesia – Matthew G. Allen “When the politics of scale is imbricated with the well-established idea of the island as the paradigmatic setting for territorialising projects, including the nation-state and sub-national jurisdictions, islandness emerges as a potentially powerful variable in the political economic struggles that attend extractive resource enclaves.” Allen, Matthew G. 2017. “Islands, extraction and violence: Mining and the politics of scale in Island Melanesia”, Political Geography 57 : 81-90

No exit : Next steps to help promote South Pacific peace and prosperity (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

No exit : Next steps to help promote South Pacific peace and prosperity – Karl Claxton «As Australia focuses on its global interests in a changing and challenging international environment, there’s a danger that we’ll lose sight of important constants of history and geography. On the surface, our near abroad shows more signs for hope than at any time since 2006, when mayhem re-emerged in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands, Fiji suffered its fourth coup, and rioters torched Tonga’s capital. But, a decade on, causes for concern remain, and the very trends fixing our attention on global worries could raise the […]

The New Pacific Diplomacy (Australian National University)

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 […]