Aid, poverty, and gender inequality in the Indo-Pacific (Lowy Institute)

Aid, poverty, and gender inequality in the Indo-Pacific – Penny Wong “Inequality remains a pervasive human rights challenge and a critical barrier to economic development in the Indo-Pacific region. The Abbott and Turnbull governments’ decision to retreat from international development assistance funding has only exacerbated this problem.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/aid-poverty-and-gender-inequality-indo-pacific

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

Island networks ‘a risk for intel’ (The Australian)

Island networks ‘a risk for intel’ – Anthony Klan “The Chinese government is funding sensitive computer and communications networks in South Pacific nations, stoking fears that Australian government intelligence could be transmitted directly to Beijing.” Anthony Klan. 2018. “Island networks ‘a risk for intel’”. The Australian

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, […]

Worries as New Caledonia’s independence vote approaches (Lowy Institute)

Worries as New Caledonia’s independence vote approaches – Alexandre Dayant Alexandre Dayant targets the political, economic and social instabilities surrounding the referendum year in New Caledonia; this instability is a French concern but also a regional one because of the strategic importance of this French territory. He then proposes “what can be done” to deal with it. Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/worries-new-caledonia-independence-vote-approaches

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

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 […]

Ocean Diplomacy: The Pacific Island Countries’ Campaign to the UN for an Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (University of Wollongong / Asia-pacific journal of ocean law and policy)

Ocean Diplomacy: The Pacific Island Countries’ Campaign to the UN for an Ocean Sustainable Development Goal – Genevieve Quirk and Quentin Hanich “In this article we examine how Pacific Island Countries (PICS) successfully championed a stand-alone Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal at the United Nations (UN). We analyse how the un Post-2015 development process provided pics with a unique opportunity to use their experience with collective diplomacy and regional oceans governance to propose this international goal.” Quirk, Genevieve and Hanich, Quentin. 2016. “Ocean Diplomacy: The Pacific Island Countries’ Campaign to the UN for an Ocean Sustainable Development Goal”. asia-pacific […]

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 […]