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 […]

A Canadian submarine patrols the western Pacific, first time in 50 years (Tahiti Infos)

A Canadian submarine patrols the western Pacific, first time in 50 years “At a meeting in January in Vancouver on the North Korean nuclear threat, the United-States and its allies had called  to strengthen maritime controls to prevent the Pyongyang regime from circumventing sanctions by sourcing illegally.” Read More: https://www.tahiti-infos.com/Un-sous-marin-canadien-dans-l-ouest-du-Pacifique-une-premiere-en-50-ans_a168941.html

2017 Foreign Policy White Paper (Australian Government)

2017 Foreign Policy White Paper “The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a comprehensive framework to advance Australia’s security and prosperity in a contested and competitive world. Informed by our values, it describes Australia’s national interests and the Government’s international engagement priorities. It is our agenda for opportunity, security and strength.” Australia. Minister for Foreign Affairs. 2017. 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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

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

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 […]

Why Oceania Matters? (The Diplomat)

Why Oceania Matters? – Eddie Walsh Since the WWII, the United States had relied on New Zealand and Australia to promote peace and stability in the Oceania region. With the rise of China, a better US commitment is needed to address security issues; few regional analysts highlight the importance to shift policymaker focus toward the Asia-Pacific region. In this sense, Pacific Partners Initiative was recently launched. Read more: http://thediplomat.com/2011/08/why-oceania-matters/

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 […]

Big Enough for All of Us: Geo-strategic Competition in the Pacific Islands (Lowy Institute For International Policy)

Big Enough for All of Us: Geo-strategic Competition in the Pacific Islands – Jenny Hayward-Jones “The centre of global economic gravity has moved to the Asia-Pacific. The neglected and relatively poor Pacific end of the region is increasingly attracting the attention of outside powers as its neighbourhood has grown wealthier. In particular, China’s profile in the Pacific Islands has grown and has spurred a resurgence of American interest in the region. These developments have led a number of analysts to speculate about a new great-power competition being played out in the Pacific Islands.” Jenny Hayward-Jones (2013): “Big Enough for All of […]