Beijing Pushing Taiwan and US Allies out of the Pacific Islands, Says Congressional Report – Paul Huang “The Chinese regime’s increasing involvement in the Pacific Islands region is squeezing Taiwan’s already limited international space while also posing security challenges to the United States and its allies Australia and New Zealand, a Congressional report says.” Read more: https://www.theepochtimes.com/beijing-pushing-taiwan-and-u-s-allies-out-of-pacific-islands-says-congressional-report_2565368.html
India’s Strategic Expansion in the Pacific Islands – Balaji Chandramohan “India’s maritime disposition seems to envisage having command of the sea in the Indo-Pacific, apart from securing its interests in the coastal areas.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/06/indias-strategic-expansion-in-the-pacific-islands/
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 […]
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.
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/
Climate change and security and why it’s so hard – Kumuda Simpson “Australian officials have paid increasing attention to the links between climate change and security. The 2016 Defence White Paper and the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper both clearly set out a view that climate change will contribute to insecurity in the Asia-Pacific region, and specifically for Australian interests.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/climate-change-and-security-and-why-its-so-hard
A Pacific community will require policy change – Nic Maclellan “Australia’s ongoing ties to the Pacific are driven by geography and history. Pacific governments certainly welcome new openings on labour mobility and Australian security support for maritime surveillance, counterterrorism and transnational crime. But on a range of other political and security issues, there are fundamental differences.” Read more: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/pacific-community-will-require-policy-change/
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, […]
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.