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 […]

Climate change and security and why it’s so hard (The interpreter, Lowy Institute)

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 (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/

Measuring peace in the Pacific – Addressing SDG16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions (Institute for Economics & Peace)

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, […]

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

Worker Exploitation in New Zealand : A Troubling Landscape (The University of Auckland)

Worker Exploitation in New Zealand : A Troubling Landscape – Christina Stringer “The purpose of this study is to investigate worker exploitation in New Zealand. This project comprised two stages. The first stage was a desk review of secondary sources to understand what we know (2005 to 2015) about worker exploitation in New Zealand. The second stage involved 105 semi-structured interviews with workers – predominantly temporary migrant workers – from a range of industries.” Stringer, Christina. 2016. « Worker Exploitation in New Zealand : A Troubling Landscape », The University of Auckland : 1- 63

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.

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 […]

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

Rising Chinese Influence in the South Pacific: Beijing’s “Island Fever” (Institute of East Asian Studies – University of California)

Rising Chinese Influence in the South Pacific: Beijing’s “Island Fever”-Tamara Renee Shie “The past five years have witnessed a leap in Chinese engagement in regions across the globe—even reaching as far as the South Pacific. This essay examines China’s increasing activities there; the regional response; Beijing’s potential economic, political, and strategic motivations; and the implications for the U.S.” Renee Shie, Tamara. 2007. “Rising Chinese Influence in the South Pacific: Beijing’s “Island Fever””. Asian Survey 47 (no 2): 307-326