A Guidebook on Pacific Diplomacy: India Looks to the ‘Far East’ (Observer Research Foundation)

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

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

Crowded and complex: The changing geopolitics of the South Pacific (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

Crowded and complex: The changing geopolitics of the South Pacific – Joanne Wallis “Australia faces an increasingly crowded and complex geopolitical environment in the South Pacific. While the most important external powers in the region have traditionally been Australia, New Zealand, the US and France, which have long worked together as partners, a number of new powers are increasingly active, most notably China, Russia, Indonesia, Japan and India. South Pacific states, particularly Papua New Guinea and Fiji, are emerging as regional powers to constrain Australian influence.” Wallis, Joanne. 2017. “Crowded and complex: The changing of the South Pacific”, Australian Strategic Policy […]

France dives back in the South Pacific (The World Today)

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.

When the CIA watched the South Pacific (La Dépêche de Tahiti)

When the CIA watched the South Pacific – Bernard Prevost Although the United States don’t seem to have any interest in the South Pacific region, CIA’s files during the Cold war show the contrary. The soviet expansion’s fear is omnipresent: suspected to work in favor of the USSR, independent movements and antinuclear demonstrations in the region were under constant CIA surveillance. Read More: http://www.ladepeche.pf/cia-surveillait-pacifique-sud/

Neo-Colonial France Back to the South Pacific & Why? (The John Batchelor Show)

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.

Islands, extraction and violence: Mining and the politics of scale in Island Melanesia (Political Geography)

Islands, extraction and violence: Mining and the politics of scale in Island Melanesia – Matthew G. Allen “When the politics of scale is imbricated with the well-established idea of the island as the paradigmatic setting for territorialising projects, including the nation-state and sub-national jurisdictions, islandness emerges as a potentially powerful variable in the political economic struggles that attend extractive resource enclaves.” Allen, Matthew G. 2017. “Islands, extraction and violence: Mining and the politics of scale in Island Melanesia”, Political Geography 57 : 81-90

France in the South Pacific: 1966-2006: Challenges and Changes (Université Montesquieu – Bordeaux IV)

France in the South Pacific: 1966-2006: Challenges and Changes – Nathalie Mrgudovic «This research focuses on a region that lies at the very opposite of the metropolis but where France is present thanks to three of its ultramarine entities, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. (…) This research has three main objectives. First, it intends to evaluate the foundations and the stakes of the establishment and maintenance of the French presence in the South Pacific. It then seeks to determine the diversity of interests that underpinned the challenge of French policy in the South Pacific by the States […]

The regional integration of France in the Pacific Ocean, a multimodal diplomacy (Journal de la Société des Océanistes)

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 […]

The New Pacific Diplomacy (Australian National University)

The New Pacific Diplomacy – Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte «Since 2009 there has been a fundamental shift in the way that the Pacific Island states engage with regional and world politics. The region has experienced, what Kiribati President Anote Tong has aptly called, a ‘paradigm shift’ in ideas about how Pacific diplomacy should be organised, and on what principles it should operate. Many leaders have called for a heightened Pacific voice in global affairs and a new commitment to establishing Pacific Island control of this diplomatic process. This change in thinking has been expressed in the establishment of new […]