• Offered by Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Areas of interest Diplomacy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Gregory Fry
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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Since 2009 there has been a fundamental shift in the way that the Pacific Island states engage with regional and world politics. The region has experienced, what Kiribati President Anote Tong has aptly called, a 'paradigm shift' in ideas about how Pacific diplomacy should be organised , and on what principles it should operate. Many leaders have called for a heightened Pacific voice in global affairs and a new commitment to establishing Pacific Island control of this diplomatic process.

This change in thinking has been expressed in the establishment of new channels and arenas for Pacific diplomacy at the regional and global levels and new ways of connecting the two levels through active use of intermediate diplomatic associations. This 'new' Pacific diplomacy has seen real success in diplomatic outcomes in key sectors of global negotiations for pacific states such as fisheries, climate policy, decolonisation and trade.

This course examines this new diplomatic agency on the part of pacific island states and explores its impact on relations with larger states-such as Australia, China, France and Indonesia- as well as on the shape of the regional institutional architecture. It also questions what this experience tells us about the power of small states to influence diplomatic outcomes in world affairs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the foreign policy priorities of Pacific stats, and the constraints and resources influencing their diplomatic efforts to pursue them.
  2. Understand the role of regional diplomacy and regional institutions in Pacific diplomacy.
  3. Understand the political significance of ‘new pacific diplomacy’ in relation to a changing regional order in the Pacific.
  4. Analyse the impact of the new pacific diplomacy on diplomatic outcomes in fisheries, climate change, decolonisation, trade and global positioning.
  5. Critically assess the implication of the new pacific diplomacy experience for the broader debate about the power of small states to influence diplomatic outcomes in world affairs.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reflection paper 1 (500 - 1,000 words) (10) [LO 1,3]
  2. Reflection paper 2 (500 - 1,000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Reflection paper 3 (500 - 1,000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Reflection paper 4 (500 - 1,000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Short Essay (1,000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Major Essay (3,000 - 4,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

An average of 10 hours per week in reading, assessment tasks and class attendance

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte, eds., The New Pacific Diplomacy, ANU Press 2015

Preliminary Reading

Epeli Hau’ofa, Our Sea of Islands, The Contemporary Pacific, 6:1, Spring 1994

Margaret Jolly, ‘Imagining Oceania: Indigenous and Foreign Representations of a Sea of Islands’, The Contemporary Pacific, 19:2, 2007

Stewart Firth, ‘The Pacific Islands and the Globalization Agenda’, The Contemporary Pacific, 12:1, Spring 2000

Epeli Hau’ofa, ‘The Ocean in Us’, The Contemporary Pacific, 10;2, Fall 1998

Stewart Firth, ‘New Developments in the International Relations of the Pacific Islands’, Journal of Pacific History, vol 48: 3, 2013

Nic Maclellan, ‘The New Players in the Region’, Islands Business, February 2013

Sandra Tarte, ‘Regionalism and Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands’, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, ANU, 1 (2), 2014

Terence Wesley Smith, ‘Re-ordering Oceania: China’s Rise, Geopolitics, and Security in the Pacific Islands, Michael Powles, ed., China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania, Victoria University Press, 2016

Greg Fry, ‘International Cooperation in the South Pacific: From Regional Integration to Collective Diplomacy’, In Andrew Axline (ed.) The Political Economy of Regional Cooperation, Pinter Publishers, London, 1994

Sandra Tarte, ‘Regional Strategies: The Pacific Islands and Japan’, The Journal of Pacific Studies, Vol.22, 1998

Sandra Tarte, ‘Managing Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific: A Regional Success Story?’ in Jenny Bryant-Tokalau and Ian Frazer, eds., Redefining the Pacific? Regionalism - Past, Present and Future, Ashgate, 2006   

Eric Shibuya, ‘Roaring Mice Against the Tide: The Pacific Islands and Agenda Building on Global Warming’, Pacific Affairs, Winter, 1996-7, pp.541-555.

Greg Fry, ‘Recapturing the Spirit of 1971: Towards a New Regional Political Settlement in the Pacific’, SSGM Discussion Paper, 2015/3, ANU, 2015

Nic Maclellan, ‘Transforming the Regional Architecture: New Players and Challenges for the Pacific Islands, Asia Pacific Issues, no 118, East West Center, 2015

Kaliopate Tavola, ‘Towards a New Regional Diplomacy Architecture’ in Fry and Tarte, eds., The New Pacific Diplomacy, ANU press, 2015

Rowan Callick, ‘Fiji Wants Australia out of Pacific Islands Forum’, The Australian, 6 April 2015

Tess Newton Cain, ‘The Renaissance of the Melanesian Spearhead Group’, Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte, eds; The New Pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015)

Sovaia Marawa, ‘Negotiating the Melanesia Free Trade Area’, Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte, eds; The New Pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015)

Josie Tamate, ‘Regionalism: The Experience of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement’, In Brief, SSGM, ANU, 2014/31

Dame Meg Taylor, ‘The Future of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism’ in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte eds; The New Pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015).

Claire Slatter, in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte eds; The New Framework for Pacific Regionalism: Old kava in a new tanoa? The New Pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015)

Maureen Penjueli, ‘Civil Society and the Political Legitimacy of Regional Institutions: An NGO perspective’ in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte eds; The New Pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015).

Sandra Tarte, ‘A New Pacific Regional Voice? The Pacific Islands Development Forum’, in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte eds; The New Pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015)

Nic Maclellan, ‘Pacific Diplomacy and Decolonisation in the 21st century’ in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte eds., The New Pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015)

Nic Maclellan, ‘”Hijacking Decolonisation”: French Polynesia at the UN’, Inside Story, 31 may 2013

Nic Maclellan, ‘The Diplomacy of Decolonisation 2-Siding with France in the Pacific’, Pacific Scoop, 2 November 2012

Nic Maclellan, ‘The Diplomacy of Decolonisation’, New Matilda, 24 October 2012

Charlene Lanyon, ‘Pacific Islands Forum Receives Numerous Submissions about West Papua’, Fiji Times, 21 June 2016

Patrick M. Walsh, The Pacific is divided on West Papua, East Asia Forum, 5 November 2016

Dr Jason Macleod, Rosa Moiwend and Jasmine Pilbrow, A Historic Choice: West Papua, Human Rights and Pacific Diplomacy at the Pacific Islands Forum and Melanesian Spearhead Group

Nic MacLellan, ‘West Papua High On Pacific Islands Agenda’, Lowy Interpreter, 22 January 2017

Jason Macleod, ‘A new hopeful chapter in West Papua’s 50- year freedom struggle’, August 2015

Johnny Blades, ‘Forum Urged to Act Decisively on West Papua’, Radio NZ, 11 August 2016

PIANGO Hopes UN Sec Gen will act on West Papua, Dateline Pacific, 8 June 2016

Nicollette Goulding, ‘Marshalling a Pacific Response to Climate Change’ in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte, eds. The New Pacific Diplomacy, ANU Press, 2015

George Carter, ‘Establishing a Pacific Voice in the Climate Change Negotiations’

in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte, eds. The New Pacific Diplomacy, ANU Press, 2015

Samisoni Pareti, ‘Climate Change: De Brum’s Coalition a “Show”’, Islands Business, February 2016

Yasmine Ryan, ‘COP 15 and Pacific Island states: A collective voice on climate change’, Pacific Journalism Review, 16 (1) 2010

Carola Betzold, ‘“Borrowing” Power to Influence International Negotiations: AOSIS in the Climate Change Regime, 1990—1997’, Politics, 30 (3) 2010

‘Kiribati President pleas for aid as island country submerges’, The World Today, 13 August 2015

‘A Question of Survival: Why Australia and New Zealand must heed the Pacific’s calls for stronger action on climate change’, Oxfam, September 2015

Genevieve Quirk and Quentin Hanich, ‘Ocean Diplomacy: The Pacific Island Countries’ Campaign to the UN for an Ocean Sustainable Development Goal’, Asia-Pacific Journal of Oceans Law and Policy, 1 (2016)

Transform Aqorau, ‘How Tuna is Shaping Regional Diplomacy’ in Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte eds The New pacific Diplomacy (ANU Press 2015)

Transform Aqorau, ‘State of the Pacific – Slippery Slopes and Rough Rides in Regional Cooperative Endeavours in the Islands’, SSGM Discussion paper, ANU, 2016/8

Josie Tamate, ‘Regionalism: The Experience of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement’, In Brief, SSGM, ANU, 2014/31

Sandra Tarte, ‘Managing Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific: A Regional Success Story?’ in Jenny Bryant-Tokalau and Ian Frazer, eds., Redefining the Pacific? Regionalism - Past, Present and Future, Ashgate, 2006

Sandra Tarte, ‘Regionalism and Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands’, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, ANU, 1 (2), 2014

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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First Semester

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4606 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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