South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations (Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)

South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations – Niranjan Chandrashekhar Oak «This backgrounder explores three issues: the strategic significance of the SouthPacific for India, the advantages that India enjoys over China in the region, andthe status of India’s relationship with Papua New Guinea in the light of therecent visit by President Mukherjee.» Chandrashekhar Oak, Niranjan. 2016. “South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations”. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses: 1-9

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

Why the Arms Trade Treaty Matters for the Pacific (Pacific Small Arms Action Group)

Why the Arms Trade Treaty Matters for the Pacific – Shmuli Levin Pacific states are not isolated from violence: armed conflict took place in Salomon Islands and in Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea). Arms trafficking represent a great stake for the region and the ATT could be a priority in this sense. More than a tool to reduce the illicit trade, ratifying the ATT could provide a diplomatic power and legitimacy to the Pacific states in this area. Read more: http://psaag.org/?p=911

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

Are There Chinese Hitmen in the Kingdom of Tonga (The Diplomat)

Are There Chinese Hitmen in the Kingdom of Tonga – Cleo Paskal The author attempts to highlight an “open secret” about crime in Tonga. For doing so, Cleo Paskal categorizes crime into three sections: transnational crime, crime in Tonga with direct links back to China, and crime within the Chinese community in Tonga.

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency: Annual Report 2016-2017 (FFA)

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency: Annual Report 2016-2017 “The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future. Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA’s 17 Pacific Island members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.” Read more: http://www.ffa.int/about  Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. 2016-2017. Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency: Annual Report 2016-2017. 2-47

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 […]

Pacific Regional Action Plan: Women, Peace and Security 2012-2015 (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat)

Pacific Regional Action Plan: Women, Peace and Security 2012-2015 “The Regional Action Plan provides a framework at the regional level for Forum Members and Pacific Territories to enhance women and young women’s leadership in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, mainstream gender in security policy-making, and ensure women and girls’ human rights are protected in humanitarian crises, transitional contexts and post-conflict situations. It also sets out a regional mechanism that will support regional and national efforts.” Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. 2015. “Pacific Regional Action Plan: Women, Peace and Security”. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat : 2-27.

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 […]

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 […]