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.

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

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 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.

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 […]

AP 360: The Strategic Significance of Oceania with Cleo Paskal (The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada)

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AP 360: The Strategic Significance of Oceania with Cleo Paskal Cleo Paskal, Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), discusses how Oceania is changing and what it means for Canada, which has had a very limited presence in the region. Covering almost 1/6th of the planet’s surface, the Pacific island countries occupy a highly strategic and economically important zone between the Americas and Asia. And with increasing global multi-polarity, the 14 member states of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) are being seen as substantially more pivotal than ever before.

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.

Amb. C. Lechervy. What Geopolitics of the Pacific? (Diploweb)

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Amb. C. Lechervy. What Geopolitics of the Pacific? Christian Lechervy,  Ambassador of France to the Pacific Community (SPC), answers all the questions about Geopolitics of the Pacific(s): the common beliefs on the region and its geopolitical aspect, the relevant numbers about geopolitics of the Pacific(s), the key actors of the region and the geopolitical stakes that Pacific actors face.

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 […]

No exit : Next steps to help promote South Pacific peace and prosperity (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

No exit : Next steps to help promote South Pacific peace and prosperity – Karl Claxton «As Australia focuses on its global interests in a changing and challenging international environment, there’s a danger that we’ll lose sight of important constants of history and geography. On the surface, our near abroad shows more signs for hope than at any time since 2006, when mayhem re-emerged in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands, Fiji suffered its fourth coup, and rioters torched Tonga’s capital. But, a decade on, causes for concern remain, and the very trends fixing our attention on global worries could raise the […]