Japan’s Pacific Island Push – Daniel Hurst “In a speech, Abe said the countries would work together on upholding the maritime order in the Pacific, because “it is the rule of law that gives protection to the nations, big and small, for their inherent rights.” Perhaps anxious to avoid the appearance of a big power dictating to smaller ones, Abe also told his Pacific counterparts that Tokyo would “work to develop quality infrastructure in both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ aspects so that you are able to realize sustainable prosperity in a self-reliant manner.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/japans-pacific-island-push/
©Presidence of French Polynesia French Polynesia at the 8th “Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting” For the first time since its admission as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, French Polynesia took part in the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting where climate warming, sustainable management of the oceans, stability and security are key issues that are discussed between the Japanese Prime minister and the Pacific Islands leaders. Read more: https://www.tahiti-infos.com/La-Polynesie-francaise-au-8e-sommet-du-Pacific-Islands-Leaders-Meeting_a171793.html
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: 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: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’ – Grant Newsham “CNMI and Guam, both American territories, are strategically important given their locations in the Western Pacific close to Asia. The well‐developed US naval and air facilities on Guam are especially important.” Newsham, Grant. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Mariana Islands – US Military Strategy ‘On Hold’”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°415). East-West Center : Washington.
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.
Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy – Sandra Tarte “In the face of North Korea’s nuclear program, a resurgent China, an unpredictable US president and the rise of anti-globalisation forces, Japan’s new Indo-Pacific strategy aims to improve connectivity between the Pacific and Indian Oceans and between the African and Asian continents. Tokyo intends for ‘Indo-Pacific’ to supersede ‘Asia Pacific’ as the term that describes its region.” Read more: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/15/putting-the-pacific-into-japans-indo-pacific-strategy/ Tarte, Sandra. 2018. “Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy”. East Asia Forum : 1-3.
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.
Cop23 UN climate talks: Everything you need to know – Jocelyn Timperley Two initiatives pushed by Fiji were approved during the COP23 : the Gender Action Plan promotes gender equality in climate action, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform supports the sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation. Read More: http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/11/20/everything-you-need-to-know-about-fiji-in-bonn-un-climate-talks/
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.