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, […]

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.

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

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

France in the South Pacific: 1966-2006: Challenges and Changes (Université Montesquieu – Bordeaux IV)

France in the South Pacific: 1966-2006: Challenges and Changes – Nathalie Mrgudovic «This research focuses on a region that lies at the very opposite of the metropolis but where France is present thanks to three of its ultramarine entities, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. (…) This research has three main objectives. First, it intends to evaluate the foundations and the stakes of the establishment and maintenance of the French presence in the South Pacific. It then seeks to determine the diversity of interests that underpinned the challenge of French policy in the South Pacific by the States […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Politics, Development and Security in Oceania (Australian National University)

Politics, Development and Security in Oceania – David Hegarty and Darrell Tryon “A ‘power shift’ was the description applied by strategic affairs specialist, Professor Hugh White of The Australian National University, in which as Asia’s ‘strategic plates shift’ a new Asian power balance arises requiring all states to negotiate a relationship with China. (…) Within the Pacific Islands region itself these ‘power shifts’ and their geo-strategic and security implications in the broad Asia-Pacific region have not gone unnoticed – nor have they been without some impact. China’s rise to international prominence had led also to an increased Chinese official interest and […]