Source: U.S. Navy Indo-Pacific: are the British coming back? -Geoffrey Till There are signs that Great Britain is coming back in the Indo-Pacific. In his article, Geoffrey Till raises two questions: ” is a significant naval presence in the Indo-Pacific really feasible these days given the dramatic decline in the Royal Navy’s numerical strength, both in platforms and people? And second, would a significantly more substantial naval force in the area contribute to regional peace and security, and would it be cost-effective for Britain itself?”. Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/indo-pacific-are-british-coming-back
Source: Ministry of Armed Forces Can France and the UK Pivot to the Pacific? – Erik Brattberg, Philippe Le Corre and Etienne Soula “Europe’s two greatest military powers, France and the UK, are currently pursuing their own versions of a Pacific pivot. At the June 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue, the French and British defense ministers outlined their ambitions and announced that both navies would sail warships through contested waters in the South China Sea to help promote the free and open rules-based order.” Read more: https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/07/05/can-france-and-uk-pivot-to-pacific-pub-76732
Britain’s new Pacific presence – Cleo Paskal “The UK, not as blinded by a short-term economic agenda and with a global perspective, can bring a new layer of Oceania analysis to the Five Eyes. It looks keen to give France a run for its money as the go-to European voice in the Indo-Pacific. And it may also suddenly find itself with many more new voting island friends in the UN and elsewhere.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/are-uk-s-new-diplomatic-posts-game-changer
Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania – Cleo Paskal The East-West Center released Asia Pacific Bulletins aiming to highlight key issues facing Oceania in 2018. The first article is a strategic overview of Oceania by Dr Cleo Paskal: “The confluence of major changes in all three of the ‘3 geos’ (geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical) is making the strategic picture in Oceania increasingly complex.” Paskal Cleo. 2018. “Asia Pacific Bulletin : Strategic Overview of Oceania”. Asia Pacific Bulletins (n°413). East-West Center : Washington.
How Will New Zealand Navigate the New Era in Asia? – Ed Kennedy “News out of Beijing late February announced President Xi Jinping could become “president for life,” following the removal of the two-term limit. This news caused shockwaves through the region, including in New Zealand. The need to chart a new direction for NZ’s course in Asia has long been clear. But Xi’s bold bid to solidify power should be seen as confirmation: Wellington can no longer approach foreign policy in Asia according to old patterns.” Read More: https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/how-will-new-zealand-navigate-the-new-era-in-asia/
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/
Peters says geopolitical pressure not all good for Pacific “New Zealand’s Foreign Minister says pressures of outside influence have at times produced negative governance outcomes in the Pacific.” Read More: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/pacific/349811/peters-says-geopolitical-pressure-not-all-good-for-pacific
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.
Cop23 UN climate talks: Everything you need to know – Jocelyn Timperley Two initiatives pushed by Fiji were approved during the COP23 : the Gender Action Plan promotes gender equality in climate action, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform supports the sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation. Read More: http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/11/20/everything-you-need-to-know-about-fiji-in-bonn-un-climate-talks/
What is Australia up to? – Cleo Paskal Cleo Paskal outlines the growing influence of China towards Australia and stresses how Australia is dealing with it. Paskal, Cleo. 2017. “What is Australia up to?”. The World Today (october & november): 42-44