The New Pacific Diplomacy


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.

The New Pacific Diplomacy brings together a range of analyses and perspectives on these dramatic new developments in Pacific diplomacy at sub-regional, regional and global levels, and in the key sectors of global negotiation for Pacific states – fisheries, climate change, decolonisation, and trade.

The New Pacific Diplomacy

Edited by Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte

ISBN 9781925022810 (Print version) $33.00 (GST inclusive)
ISBN 9781925022827 (Online)
Published December 2015

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  1. The ‘New Pacific Diplomacy’: An introductionGreg Fry and Sandra Tarte
  2. ‘Charting its Own Course’: A paradigm shift in Pacific diplomacyH.E. President Anote Tong


The Regional Diplomatic System

  1. Towards a New Regional Diplomacy ArchitectureKaliopate Tavola
  2. The Future of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Framework for Pacific RegionalismDame Meg Taylor
  3. The New Framework for Pacific Regionalism: Old kava in a new tanoa?Claire Slatter
  4. Civil Society and the Political Legitimacy of Regional Institutions: An NGO perspectiveMaureen Penjueli
  5. A New Pacific Regional Voice? The Pacific Islands Development ForumTarte
  6. The New Pacific Diplomacy at the United Nations: The rise of the PSIDSFulori Manoa


Fiji’s New Diplomacy

  1. Fiji’s Emerging Brand of Pacific Diplomacy: A Fiji government perspectiveLitia Mawi
  2. Fiji’s Foreign Policy and the New Pacific DiplomacyMakereta Komai


Geopolitical Context

  1. The Strategic Context of the New Pacific DiplomacyMichael O’Keefe
  2. New Zealand and Australia in Pacific RegionalismNicola Baker



  1. The Renaissance of the Melanesian Spearhead GroupTess Newton Cain
  2. Negotiating the Melanesia Free Trade AreaSovaia Marawa
  3. Micronesian Sub-Regional DiplomacySuzanne Lowe Gallen


Climate Diplomacy

  1. Marshalling a Pacific Response to Climate ChangeNicollette Goulding
  2. Establishing a Pacific Voice in the Climate Change NegotiationsGeorge Carter


Tuna Diplomacy

  1. How Tuna is Shaping Regional DiplomacyTransform Aqorau
  2. The New Pacific Diplomacy and the South Pacific Tuna TreatyJope Tarai


Negotiating Trade and Decolonisation

  1. Negotiating Power in Contemporary Pacific Trade DiplomacyWesley Morgan
  2. Pacific Diplomacy and Decolonisation in the 21st CenturyNic Maclellan





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