Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele hits out at climate change sceptics during fiery speech (ABC News)

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele hits out at climate change sceptics during fiery speech – Stephen Dziedzic “We all know the problem, we all know the solutions, and all that is left would be some political courage, some political guts, to tell people of your country there is a certainty of disaster,” Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele said. He called on Australia to make deeper cuts to carbon emissions because Pacific islands are in the front line of climate change. Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-31/samoan-prime-minister-hits-out-at-climate-change-sceptics/10185142

Britain’s new Pacific presence (Lowy Institute)

Britain’s new Pacific presence – Cleo Paskal “The UK, not as blinded by a short-term economic agenda and with a global perspective, can bring a new layer of Oceania analysis to the Five Eyes. It looks keen to give France a run for its money as the go-to European voice in the Indo-Pacific. And it may also suddenly find itself with many more new voting island friends in the UN and elsewhere.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/are-uk-s-new-diplomatic-posts-game-changer

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Customary Land Rights and Pacific Islands Security & Stability (East-West Center)

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Customary Land Rights and Pacific Islands Security & Stability – Iati Iati “Over the past several decades, efforts to achieve greater development through a neo‐liberal, market‐based agenda have led to the intensification of programs to reform customary land tenure in the Pacific. There are two approaches to achieving this: the abolition model, and the adaptation model. The abolition model views customary land tenure as a barrier to entrepreneurship and private sector investment that needs to be abolished.” Iati Iati. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin:Customary Land Rights and Pacific Islands Security & Stability”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°419). East-West Center : […]

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, […]

What is Australia up to? (The World Today)

What is Australia up to? – Cleo Paskal Cleo Paskal outlines the growing influence of China towards Australia and stresses how Australia is dealing with it. Paskal, Cleo. 2017. “What is Australia up to?”. The World Today (october & november): 42-44

Security in Oceania in the 21st Century (Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies)

Security in Oceania in the 21st Century – Eric Shibuya and Jim Rolfe «Where there has been attention focused on security issues for small island states, they have tended towards what has happened or can happen to island states rather than what island states can do to enhance their own security outlook. Prominent discussions of security in general, or even of Asia-Pacific security, have not taken the concerns of island states into much account, if at all.» Shibuya, Eric and Jim Rolfe. 2003. Security in Oceania in the 21st Century. Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies : Hawaii

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