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.
How Will New Zealand Navigate the New Era in Asia? – Ed Kennedy “News out of Beijing late February announced President Xi Jinping could become “president for life,” following the removal of the two-term limit. This news caused shockwaves through the region, including in New Zealand. The need to chart a new direction for NZ’s course in Asia has long been clear. But Xi’s bold bid to solidify power should be seen as confirmation: Wellington can no longer approach foreign policy in Asia according to old patterns.” Read More: https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/how-will-new-zealand-navigate-the-new-era-in-asia/
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
France dives back in the South Pacific – Cleo Paskal In the article « France dives back into the South Pacific », Cleo Paskal reaffirms the Pacific territories’ geostrategic importance for France. The growing China’s involvement in Oceania motivated France to take part in diplomatic activities in the region. The striking event still is the submarines sale to Australia; this strategic alliance between both countries suggests a new defence line’s drawing, to prevent potential conflicts in the North Pacific.
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.
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
AP 360: The Strategic Significance of Oceania with Cleo Paskal Cleo Paskal, Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), discusses how Oceania is changing and what it means for Canada, which has had a very limited presence in the region. Covering almost 1/6th of the planet’s surface, the Pacific island countries occupy a highly strategic and economically important zone between the Americas and Asia. And with increasing global multi-polarity, the 14 member states of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) are being seen as substantially more pivotal than ever before.
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 political roles of the Fijian military – Hélène Goiran “Since 1978, thousands of Fijian soldiers have been and are deployed in Lebanon and Sinai, as well as many other outdoor theaters, showing their courage and efficiency. Even today, because of their value, and in spite of the coup of December 5, 2006 and the international sanctions decided against the Bainimarama government, the UN entrusts the Fijian military with the protection of its representatives and its installations in Iraq.” Goiran, Hélène. 2011. Les rôles politiques des militaires fidjiens : Une histoire des guerriers, héros des conflits mondiaux, soldats de la […]
White Paper on Human and Social Sciences Research on the Pacific The White Paper comes from a symposium organized in 2010 at the CNRS in Paris: “The objectives that motivated us to organize this symposium, and which motivate us to perpetuate this meeting in the form of a “canvas” of exchange and collaboration, derive from several observations: the lack of scientific enhancement of the disciplinary complementarities, and the insufficient recognition on the part of decision-makers of the considerable contributions that have been made and provided by research in the South Pacific in the Human and Social Sciences yesterday and today. […]