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Reconciling Regional Security Narratives in the Pacific

Tarte, Sandra (2021) Reconciling Regional Security Narratives in the Pacific. East Asia, TBC . TBC. ISSN 1096-6838

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Abstract

Prevailing narratives of security in the Pacific have been framed as a contest between the so-called Indo-Pacific security narrative with its China-threat focus and the human-security and environment focus of the so-called Blue Pacific narrative. The main purpose of this article is to explore areas of convergence as well as divergence in these regional security narratives. The question posed is how the Pacific’s regional security priorities on climate change can be advanced alongside the geopolitical and geostrategic priorities of the region’s major external powers. Past examples of security cooperation in the Pacific point to the way different security narratives and agendas can come together to deliver outcomes probably acceptable to all parties. With this background, the possibilities of cooperation arising from the Boe Declaration on regional security, adopted by the Pacific Islands Forum in 2018, are examined. The article suggests that the current geopolitical environment provides opportunities for Pacific states to drive their agenda by leveraging the complementary security interests of major external powers in the region. However strategic competition between the major powers could in the long term be counterproductive to achieving the region’s climate change goals and ambitions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 14:57
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 14:57
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12798
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