AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific (International Journal)

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 […]

A Pacific community will require policy change (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

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/

Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping (Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute)

Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping – Anne-Marie Brady “This policy paper examines China’s foreign political influence activities under Xi Jinping, using one very representative state, New Zealand, as a case study. New Zealand’s relationship with China is of interest, because the Chinese government regards New Zealand as an exemplar of how it would like its relations to be with other states.” Brady, Anne-Marie. 2017. “Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping”. Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute: 1-57.

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) […]

France and the South Pacific. Political, economic and strategic issues (Politique étrangère)

France and the South Pacific. Political, economic and strategic issues – Georges Ordonnaud « The best way for France to retain a pre-eminent position among the nations of this zone, would be by initiating and guiding joint policy of cooperation and responsibility in all fields. But France must succeed in being accepted as neighbour and natural ally rather than considered as European intruder with colonialist and militarist designs.» Ordonnaud, Georges. 1987. « La France et le Pacifique Sud. Enjeux politiques, économiques et stratégiques ». Politique étrangère n°1 – 52ᵉannée : 35-46

European Union Development Strategy in the Pacific (European Parliament)

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 (Lowy Institute For International Policy)

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 (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

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

The political roles of the Fijian military (University of New Caledonia)

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 […]

India and the South Pacific: Bilateral, Multilateral and the Diaspora (Asia:NZ Foundation)

India and the South Pacific: Bilateral, Multilateral and the Diaspora – Michael Powles and Robert Didham The authors seek to evaluate the role of India towards the South Pacific Islands. They paint an historical landscape of the Indo-Fijian relationships between and highlight the role of the Indian diaspora in Fiji. Michael Powles et Robert Didham. 2010. “India and the South Pacific: Bilateral, Multilateral and the Diaspora”. India-NZ Track II Dialogue (13-14 September 2010). Wellington : New Zealand