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Australia is much larger and has significantly more military and economic power than its Pacific Island neighbours. As a result, it is frequently described as having a natural right to lead in the region. Yet, Australia has found it difficult to effectively influence Pacific Island...
The authors in this interdisciplinary collection draw on their in‑depth knowledge of peacebuilding and development contexts in different parts of Asia, the Pacific and Africa to examine the messy and dynamic realities of hybridity ‘on the ground’.
Australia faces an increasingly crowded and complex geopolitical environment in the South Pacific. While the most important external powers in the region have traditionally been Australia, New Zealand, the US and France, a number of new powers are increasingly active, most notably China, Russia, Indonesia,...
As a consequence of its membership of a US-centred global alliance network, Australia’s regional obligations in the South Paciﬁc are as pertinent to Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands’s drawdown as they were to its inception. Canberra’s imperatives in the Paciﬁc have...
Papua New Guinea no longer necessarily needs to identify itself as falling within an uncontested Australian and New Zealand sphere of influence.
Although Papua New Guinea is a ‘small state’ it increasingly defies traditional predictions about its international relations and attempts...
The author discusses anxieties about the stability and fragility of South Pacific states, yet by specifying that all three of the key Strategic Defence Objectives mentioned in The 2016 Defence White Paper are “equally-weighted”, it elevates other regions to the same level of strategic import....
This discussion paper examines the relationship between Australia and New Zealand and what this means for cooperation in the Pacific Islands region.
How does the Pacific fit into the Indo-Pacific? This paper presents a summary of the thoughts of Pacific, New Zealand and Australian speakers on the changing geopolitics of the region during a recent workshop at the ANU.