Strategy and Engagement with Oceania

Asia Pacific Bulletin


Washington, DC: East-West Center

Available From: March 26, 2018
Publication Date: March 26, 2018


Cleo Paskal, Associate Fellow, Chatham House and Director at The Oceania Research Project ( curates a special series of Asia Pacific Bulletins regarding key issues facing Oceania in 2018.

Cleo Paskal explains that "The confluence of major changes in all three of the '3 geos' (geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geo-physical) is making the strategic picture in Oceania increasingly complex."
Ben Bohane, Australian photojournalist and TV producer, explains that "Many island nations are getting caught in a web of both debt on Chinese loans and generous largess that can lead to political realigning."
Grant Newsham, Senior Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, explains that "CNMI and Guam, both American territories, are strategically important given their locations in the Western Pacific close to Asia."
Helene Goiran, Independent Researcher, explains that "France has the second largest EEZ in the world located mainly in the Pacific, and is responsible for protecting the fragile maritime environment and its extensive fishing, mineral, and energy resources."
Rieko Hayakawa explains that "The United States Pacific Command (PACOM) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) have  welcomed Japan's NGO initiatives for the maritime security of the western Pacific."
Richard Herr, Academic Coordinator for Parliamentary Law, University of Tasmania, explains that "Australia knows that Fiji sees China as providing an economic, diplomatic and aid alternative to traditional friends that was not available in previous decades."
Dr. Iati Iati, Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, New Zealand explains that “Reforms, particularly those which involve or even intimate alienation of customary lands, have been very unpopular in the Pacific.”
Ambassador C. Steven McGann, former US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu, explains that “This well-documented commitment to the Pacific should be the context in which the United States frames its regional coordination and stronger ties with Fiji.”
Dr. Jeremy Ellero, Research Associate at the Law and Economics Research Laboratory  at the University of New Caledonia, explains that “Massive financial transfers combined with tariffs and quotas on imported goods have created overprotected economies whose purchasing power is unrelated to actual economic power.”

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