Category Archives : Strategic Competition


Future of Australia-Fiji Relations: An Interview with Jenny Hayward-Jones 1

In December 2007, you wrote of the importance of Australia taking leadership in governance and diplomacy, and the value of demonstrating respect in relations with Melanesia. In that article, you were particularly referencing progress in relations between Australia-Solomon Islands and Australia-Papua New Guinea. Therein, you claimed there is a need for Australia to match extensive […]


Time for Australia to Rethink Chinese Influence in Pacific Islands

The 2013 Australian Defense White Paper (DWP) has left pundits scratching their heads rather than their favorite itch—could it really be that ‘the China threat’ is more puff and magic than an actual dragon at the doorstep? Abstraction aside, the new DWP’s focus on security in Australia’s “near neighborhood” should give pause to policy hawks obsessed with the […]


Security Challenges in the West Philippine Sea

Prepared Remarks by His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo Ambassador to the Court of St. James Republic of the Philippines Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 15 May 2013 “Security Challenges in the West Philippine Sea” [Revised 26 May 2013]   The Philippines is […]


China Filling the Pacific Vacuum

In a speech given on March 19, 2013 to the Pacific Islands Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the Papua New Guinea (PNG) High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Winnie Anna Kiap, stressed that the Pacific Islands region is witnessing increased competition by major powers seeking strategic influence in […]


The International Threat to National Sovereignty in Papua New Guinea

Prepared Remarks by Her Excellency Winnie A. Kiap High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Independent State of Papua New Guinea Before the Spring Ambassador Speaking Series Pacific Islands Society at SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)   I find in my interaction with the government as well as with the commercial sector in […]