The New Pacific Diplomacy

The New Pacific Diplomacy

Edited by: Greg Fry, Sandra Tarte

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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.

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.


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Publication date:
Dec 2015
ANU Press
Pacific Series
Science: Environmental Sciences; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Australia; Pacific: Fiji, New Zealand

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  1. The ‘New Pacific Diplomacy’: An introduction (PDF, 171KB) – Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte doi
  2. ‘Charting its Own Course’: A paradigm shift in Pacific diplomacy (PDF, 83KB) – H.E. President Anote Tong doi

The Regional Diplomatic System

  1. Towards a New Regional Diplomacy Architecture (PDF, 223KB) – Kaliopate Tavola doi
  2. The Future of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism (PDF, 139KB) – Dame Meg Taylor doi
  3. The New Framework for Pacific Regionalism: Old kava in a new tanoa? (PDF, 170KB) – Claire Slatter doi
  4. Civil Society and the Political Legitimacy of Regional Institutions: An NGO perspective (PDF, 164KB) – Maureen Penjueli doi
  5. A New Pacific Regional Voice? The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PDF, 150KB) – Sandra Tarte doi
  6. The New Pacific Diplomacy at the United Nations: The rise of the PSIDS (PDF, 151KB) – Fulori Manoa doi

Fiji’s New Diplomacy

  1. Fiji’s Emerging Brand of Pacific Diplomacy: A Fiji government perspective (PDF, 148KB) – Litia Mawi doi
  2. Fiji’s Foreign Policy and the New Pacific Diplomacy (PDF, 154KB) – Makereta Komai doi

Geopolitical Context

  1. The Strategic Context of the New Pacific Diplomacy (PDF, 156KB) – Michael O’Keefe doi
  2. New Zealand and Australia in Pacific Regionalism (PDF, 143KB) – Nicola Baker doi


  1. The Renaissance of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (PDF, 135KB) – Tess Newton Cain doi
  2. Negotiating the Melanesia Free Trade Area (PDF, 164KB) – Sovaia Marawa doi
  3. Micronesian Sub-Regional Diplomacy (PDF, 163KB) – Suzanne Lowe Gallen doi

Climate Diplomacy

  1. Marshalling a Pacific Response to Climate Change (PDF, 532KB) – Nicollette Goulding doi
  2. Establishing a Pacific Voice in the Climate Change Negotiations (PDF, 196KB) – George Carter doi

Tuna Diplomacy

  1. How Tuna is Shaping Regional Diplomacy (PDF, 464KB) – Transform Aqorau doi
  2. The New Pacific Diplomacy and the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (PDF, 315KB) – Jope Tarai doi

Negotiating Trade and Decolonisation

  1. Negotiating Power in Contemporary Pacific Trade Diplomacy (PDF, 155KB) – Wesley Morgan doi
  2. Pacific Diplomacy and Decolonisation in the 21st Century (PDF, 183KB) – Nic Maclellan doi


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