regionalism

IB 2022/09 The Proposed Withdrawal of Micronesia from the PIF: One Year Later

This In Brief reviews events of the past year, after the five members of the Micronesian President’s Summit (MPS) — Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Nauru, Marshall Islands and Kiribati

WP 2022/01 Security Cooperation in the Pacific: Workshop Report

In November 2021 an online workshop was held to better understand security cooperation between partner states; between PICs themselves, and with their citizens; and between partners, PICs and citiz

International politics and climate security in small island developing states

Athaulla Rasheed’s doctoral research proposes to explore the impact of small island developing states (SIDS) in building international awareness about climate security. The research will particularly focus on the UN Security Council (UNSC) debates on climate change. While the UNSC has raised the issue of climate change as a potential security threat, climate security has not been institutionalised in the international security context.

Statecraft on the Belt and Road: investigating China’s Grand Strategy in Melanesia

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious Chinese program to influence global affairs through geoeconomics. Since its inception in 2013, it has become fundamental to understanding China’s grand strategy. Eight years later the BRI has over 145 member countries, many of whom seek infrastructure development. This pre-submission seminar by Pete Connolly examines changes in Chinese statecraft across Timor-Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, since the introduction of the BRI in 2018 and 2019.

IB 2021/33 Pacific Regionalism: Opportunities and Challenges

For five decades, Pacific Island countries have used regionalism as a main vehicle to promote development and security.

IB 2021/31 Ain’t No Sunshine when Xi’s Gone: What’s behind China’s Declining Aid to the Pacific?

The much-awaited update to the Pacific Aid Map showed a sharp drop in China’s 2019 aid spend in the Pacific, despite the pressing development needs presented by COVID-19.

DP 2021/03 Uncertainties as New Caledonia Prepares for Its Final Independence Referendum

France’s decision to hold the third and final independence referendum in New Caledonia under 1998 Nouméa Accord provisions on 12 December 2021 means that on that day, the Accord expires, along with

IB 2021/28 Oceanic Diplomacy: Popo and Supu Diplomacy in the Modern State of Solomon Islands

This In Brief is part of a miniseries on Oceanic diplomacy introduced in In Brief 2021 / 23.

IB 2021/23 Oceanic Diplomacy: An Introduction

When practitioners and scholars think of diplomacy in the Pacific context they usually have in mind the diplomacy of the post-independent Pacific Island states or the diplomacy of larger powers wit

IB 2021/22 The Case for Enhanced Australian Engagement with the Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is situated in a strategic area on the northern frontline of China’s push into the Pacific region.

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