Australian ambition and aspiration for a South Pacific community – Graeme Dobell “Australia’s aspiration for the South Pacific must be for the creation of an economic, political and security community. Australia and New Zealand will be central to such a community—and will carry the cost—but much of the head, heart and soul will come from Papua New Guinea and the other members of the Pacific Islands Forum.” Read More: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/australian-ambition-aspiration-south-pacific-community/
2017 Foreign Policy White Paper “The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a comprehensive framework to advance Australia’s security and prosperity in a contested and competitive world. Informed by our values, it describes Australia’s national interests and the Government’s international engagement priorities. It is our agenda for opportunity, security and strength.” Australia. Minister for Foreign Affairs. 2017. 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The Coveted Oceania: History, Geopolitics and Society – Sémir Al Wardi, Jean-Marc Regnault and Jean-François Sabouret “This book, bringing together some forty specialists, analyzes this” coveted “Oceania, from the historical, political, religious, economic and cultural angle, trying to go beyond the myth (…), of paradise rediscovered islands, it retraces the irreconcilable lusts of a multitude of actors, sometimes unexpected, just as much as the hegemonic ambitions of the great powers.”. The table of contents is available on Protorp. Al Wardi, Sémir. Jean-Marc Regnault et Jean-François Sabouret. 2017. The Coveted Oceania: History, Geopolitics and Society. CNRS.
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
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency: Annual Report 2016-2017 “The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future. Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA’s 17 Pacific Island members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.” Read more: http://www.ffa.int/about Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. 2016-2017. Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency: Annual Report 2016-2017. 2-47
Blood from a stone – Oxfam International ” The tiny island Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific is about to make history, by joining the WTO on what are arguably the worst terms ever offered to any country. The appalling terms of Tonga’s accession package show that nothing has changed in the way the world’s smallest and most vulnerable economies are treated as they seek to join the WTO. It is a further demonstration that the fine words of the Doha Development Agenda mean nothing when pitted against the commercial interests of the world’s richest countries.” Oxfam International. 2015. […]
The regional integration of France in the Pacific Ocean, a multimodal diplomacy – Christian Lechervy “Adapting to a deeply changing Pacific area (island states courted by the emerging powers, reordered in new sub-groups), France adopts a modular diplomacy. The latter is built up through its role as a global power, the links established with the European Union, the peculiarities of its Pacific territories and its Asian strategy. In regional institutions, it is based on multiple legal statuses and a willingness to associate as of right New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna. It must have a regional architecture built around […]
European Union Development Strategy in the Pacific – Camilla Borrevik, Tony Crook, Edvard Hviding and Craig Lind “Development contexts and cooperative partnerships in the Pacific region are uneven, multi-layered and challenging. Pacific people’s livelihoods are intimately connected to globally significant terrestrial and oceanic natural resources, and are increasingly under pressure. Collective interests in the Pacific create a development context in which local concerns ultimately take priority. As the second largest donor of development assistance to the region, the EU’s interests and activities in the Pacific are highly significant and hold important potential going forward.” Borrevik, Camilla, Tony Crook, Edvard Hviding […]
Big Enough for All of Us: Geo-strategic Competition in the Pacific Islands – Jenny Hayward-Jones “The centre of global economic gravity has moved to the Asia-Pacific. The neglected and relatively poor Pacific end of the region is increasingly attracting the attention of outside powers as its neighbourhood has grown wealthier. In particular, China’s profile in the Pacific Islands has grown and has spurred a resurgence of American interest in the region. These developments have led a number of analysts to speculate about a new great-power competition being played out in the Pacific Islands.” Jenny Hayward-Jones (2013): “Big Enough for All of […]
Our near abroad: Australia and Pacific islands regionalism – Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin “Australia isn’t a member of the Pacific islands region by virtue of its geographic boundaries, but the decision-making scope of the Pacific Islands Forum makes us the largest and most influential member of the regional family. This dichotomy has produced a ‘bifocal’ view of Pacific islands regionalism that was occasionally controversial but generally regarded as an important source of strength.” Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin. 2011. “Our near abroad Australia and Pacific islands regionalism”. Australian Strategic Policy Institute: 1-84