Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia-Fiji Relations in 2018: Finding a New Normal – Richard Herr “Finding a new but mutually supported equilibrium is not entirely a bilateral process ‐ there is a “dragon in the room” which cannot be ignored. (…) Australia knows that Fiji sees China as providing an economic, diplomatic and aid alternative to traditional friends that was not available in previous decades.” Herr, Richard. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia-Fiji Relations in 2018: Finding a New Normal”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°418). East-West Center : Washington.
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.
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.
New Zealand’s Ardern Tours Polynesia, What About the Politics? “For New Zealand to truly “reset” its relationship in the Pacific and be a “good and active neighbor,” Peters outlined five guiding principle in his Sydney speech. These were: understanding, friendship, mutual benefit, collective ambition and sustainability. The final principle being a pressing and existential concern for Pacific Island states and one that both New Zealand and Australia need to take more seriously in order to gain greater respect in the region.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/new-zealands-ardern-tours-polynesia-what-about-the-politics/
Aid, poverty, and gender inequality in the Indo-Pacific – Penny Wong “Inequality remains a pervasive human rights challenge and a critical barrier to economic development in the Indo-Pacific region. The Abbott and Turnbull governments’ decision to retreat from international development assistance funding has only exacerbated this problem.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/aid-poverty-and-gender-inequality-indo-pacific
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/
Island networks ‘a risk for intel’ – Anthony Klan “The Chinese government is funding sensitive computer and communications networks in South Pacific nations, stoking fears that Australian government intelligence could be transmitted directly to Beijing.” Anthony Klan. 2018. “Island networks ‘a risk for intel’”. The Australian
Australian ambition and aspiration for a South Pacific community – Graeme Dobell “Australia’s aspiration for the South Pacific must be for the creation of an economic, political and security community. Australia and New Zealand will be central to such a community—and will carry the cost—but much of the head, heart and soul will come from Papua New Guinea and the other members of the Pacific Islands Forum.” Read More: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/australian-ambition-aspiration-south-pacific-community/
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, […]