French colonialism and “shared sovereignty” in the Pacific

In this podcast, Nick Maclellan outlines problems facing Pacific Island Forum member countries arising from France’s ongoing control of its three dependencies, including uncertainty over legal standing in the Forum; the capacity to sign treaties; policy making on security in the Forum; policy issues on fisheries and climate in other member agencies of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific; relations with other Forum dialogue partners; resource exploitation by the colonial power; and disputes over maritime boundaries.

Following the recent visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Australia and New Caledonia, journalist and researcher Nic Maclellan discusses the concept of shared sovereignty and its implications for Pacific regionalism.

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