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 dives back in the South Pacific (The World Today)

France dives back in the South Pacific – Cleo Paskal In the article « France dives back into the South Pacific », Cleo Paskal reaffirms the Pacific territories’ geostrategic importance for France. The growing China’s involvement in Oceania motivated France to take part in diplomatic activities in the region. The striking event still is the submarines sale to Australia; this strategic alliance between both countries suggests a new defence line’s drawing, to prevent potential conflicts in the North Pacific.

Geopolitics, Self-Determination, and China’s Rise in Oceania (Center for Pacific Islands Countries)

Geopolitics, Self-Determination, and China’s Rise in Oceania – Terence Wesley-Smith China’s rise in the Oceania region has been welcomed by the island leaders because of the political and economic opportunities that it provided and still provides. On the contrary, external established actors such as the United States, and regional actors such as Australia fear a strategic disruption in the region. Wesley-Smith, Terence. 2016. “Geopolitics, Self-Determination, and China’s Rise in Oceania” dansM. Ishihara et al. (eds.), Self-determinable Development of Small Islands, Springer Singapore : 85-99

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.

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 […]

Anxiety and Diminished Hope: The Potential Impact of Trump’s Presidency on Security in the Pacific Islands Region (The Round Table)

Anxiety and Diminished Hope: The Potential Impact of Trump’s Presidency on Security in the Pacific Islands Region – Steven Ratuva Ratuva examines two contradictory scenarios – isolationism and militarization – in order to foresee Trump’s impact on the Pacific Island Countries. The author also measures the impact of the Trump’s climate change denial on those countries. Steven Ratuva (2017): “Anxiety and Diminished Hope: The Potential Impact of Trump’s Presidency on Security in the Pacific Islands Region”, The Round Table: 1-8

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

Teaching Oceania series: Militarism and nuclear testing (Center for Pacific Islands Studies)

Teaching Oceania series: Militarism and nuclear testing – Joseph H. Genz et al. « The Teaching Oceania series is designed to serve the needs of undergraduate students of Pacific Islands Studies across Oceania and elsewhere. ». This volume seeks to shed light on « the impacts of militarization and nuclear testing in the Pacific Islands and on Pacific Islanders. ». Genz, Joseph H, Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Monica C LaBriola, Alexander Mawyer, Elicita N Morei, and John P Rosa. 2016. « Militarism and Nuclear Testing. Volume 1 of Teaching Oceania Series ». Monica LaBriola. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa.

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 […]

Blood from a stone (Oxfam International)

Blood from a stone – Oxfam International ” The tiny island Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific is about to make history, by joining the WTO on what are arguably the worst terms ever offered to any country. The appalling terms of Tonga’s accession package show that nothing has changed in the way the world’s smallest and most vulnerable economies are treated as they seek to join the WTO. It is a further demonstration that the fine words of the Doha Development Agenda mean nothing when pitted against the commercial interests of the world’s richest countries.” Oxfam International. 2015. […]