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 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/

Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping (Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute)

Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping – Anne-Marie Brady “This policy paper examines China’s foreign political influence activities under Xi Jinping, using one very representative state, New Zealand, as a case study. New Zealand’s relationship with China is of interest, because the Chinese government regards New Zealand as an exemplar of how it would like its relations to be with other states.” Brady, Anne-Marie. 2017. “Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping”. Wilson Center, Kissinger Institute: 1-57.

China’s Blue Book of Oceania (Australian National University)

China’s Blue Book of Oceania – Graeme Smith and Genghua Zhang «The Chinese government’s interest in Oceania bumped up another notch with the recent publication of the book’s second edition (Blue Book). Blue Books are made available to all government departments,stocked in Xinhua Bookstores across China, and are seen as the standard reference on any given topic.» Smith, Graeme et Genghua Zhang. 2015. « China’s Blue Book of Oceania » Australian National University 70

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

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 […]

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 […]

Our near abroad: Australia and Pacific islands regionalism (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

Our near abroad: Australia and Pacific islands regionalism – Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin “Australia isn’t a member of the Pacific islands region by virtue of its geographic boundaries, but the decision-making scope of the Pacific Islands Forum makes us the largest and most influential member of the regional family. This dichotomy has produced a ‘bifocal’ view of Pacific islands regionalism that was occasionally controversial but generally regarded as an important source of strength.” Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin. 2011. “Our near abroad Australia and Pacific islands regionalism”. Australian Strategic Policy Institute: 1-84